Christmas Cookies: Perfect Sugar Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies: Perfect Sugar Christmas Cookies

Sure, chocolate chip is everyones go-to Christmas cookie but some of us have a secret love (or obsession) with sugar Christmas cookies. Whether frosted, sprinkled or eaten plain right out of the oven we can’t get enough of these Christmas cookies. Our recipe is the only one you need because: It holds its shape, it’s perfect for decorating and you’ll get sharp edges every time.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH3 c. 

all-purpose flour, plus more for surface1 tsp. 

baking powder1/2 tsp. 

kosher salt1 c. 

(2 sticks) butter, softened1 c. 

granulated sugar1 

large egg1 tsp. 

pure vanilla extract1 tbsp. 

milkFOR THE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING1 c. 

(2 sticks) butter, softened5 c. 

powdered sugar1/4 c. 

heavy cream1/2 tsp. 

pure almond extract1/4 tsp. 

kosher salt

Food coloring 

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined, then add flour mixture gradually until totally combined.
  3. Shape into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  4. When ready to roll, preheat oven to 350º and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly flour a clean work surface and roll out dough until 1/8” thick. Cut out shapes and transfer to prepared baking sheets. Freeze 10 minutes (so your shapes hold while baking!).
  5. Meanwhile, make frosting: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter until smooth, then add powdered sugar and beat until no lumps remain. Add cream, almond extract, and salt and beat until combined.
  6. Bake cookies until edges are lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes. 
  7. Let cool, then frost and decorate as desired.

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