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A Christmas Classic- Sugar Cookies! A perfectly buttery cookie with the right amount of sweetness and decorated for the season! A fun cookie recipe to get the kids involved with to make it their own!

A Christmas Classic- Sugar Cookies! A perfectly buttery cookie with the right amount of sweetness and decorated for the season! A fun cookie recipe to get the kids involved with to make it their own!

Sugar cookies are a staple in our household at Christmas time, although normally only made by my sister and my hubby (as I didn’t think I had the patience) I joined in this year and had a BLAST! One of the great things about this recipe is that it requires no chill time so make sure you have a few ideas in mind for what you want to do in advance so you can buy whatever candies, sprinkles and icing colours you will need.

As for the cookie shapes themselves, you can again do whatever you want! We worked with trees, stockings, stars, gingerbread men and women, snowflakes, mittens etc! You can honestly do anything, my sister even did just a large circle cut out and turned it into a beautiful snow-globe…I mean COME ON!!!!

Cooking Time: 6-8 minutes

Makes: about 3 dozen (depending on cutters you use)

Classic Sugar Cookie

A classic sugar cookie recipe that you can decorate with royal icing for any time of year.
Course Christmas Cookie, Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cookie Cutouts, Royal Icing, Sugar Cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 3 dozen
Author Melissa



  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups flour

For the icing

  • 3 tbsp meringue powder
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 5 tbsp warm water more if needed for consistency


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in extracts and the egg.
  • In a separate bowl sift together your baking powder and flour. Add a little bit at a time to your wet ingredients. Mix until almost all combined.
  • Finish kneading dough with wet hands and divide into workable batches.
  • Roll out on a floured surface and cut with desired shapes (about 1/4" thick)
  • Bake at 350 for about 6-8 minutes (until edges are very light golden brown) allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling racks.

Prepare icing

  • Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7mins on low speed) add more warm water as needed for the consistency you like to work with!
  • Ice, decorate and enjoy!

Here are some of the photos of our cookies for ya’ll to enjoy!

And for the gift ideas today…let’s look at a couple of gift ideas for your boss…Ick! This is never an easy one, in fact most years I just bring in a big tray of cookies for everyone to enjoy as I don’t like to get something just for my boss! But if you have a special one whom you’d like to buy for, these ideas are for you!

  1. Do you work in an office setting? Why not get your boss something they can keep there (as they probably have enough stuff at home!). You can grab a great desk organizer in a fun colour or pattern to help them keep their desk uncluttered!
  2. Would you prefer something a little less “Work” related? Ok…what about a nice bottle of perfume or colonge, one that doesn’t knock the office staff off their chairs, but is a subtle scent!
  3. Are they a foodie or wine lover? You can get a gift basket made for them, or make one yourself! Be sure to include a couple of their favourites along with some new things they maybe wouldn’t otherwise try.
  4. Another great idea is a mini desk calendar (or full size if you prefer) they have so many fun ones now you can really tailor to their taste! They have ones with inspirational or funny quotes, and you can even get one with their favourite animal or celebrity!
  5. Lastly, you can grab a great little hand cream set from their favourite bath store! This is a great idea for anyone who works with their hands, and is a thoughtful way for them to take a couple minutes to pamper themselves at work!

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Thursday 6th of December 2018

[…] Adorable snowman faces that are super easy to make! Can be made using store bought sugar cookies if you don’t have the time to bake your own, though we have a great Sugar Cookie Recipe  you can use here! […]


Tuesday 1st of November 2016

I love sugar cookies! And your decorating is gorgeous!


Tuesday 1st of November 2016

Thanks so much Jen!


Tuesday 1st of November 2016

I love how adorable your cookies look. They look store-bought! And well done with the patience, girl. I definitely don't have it haha. Most times, I give up halfway through because I just can't decorate another cookie! But if they look like this, I may just have to give them a shot!!


Tuesday 1st of November 2016

Thanks so much :) I am hoping they will get better every year (guess it depends on the amount of wine we have while decorating them ha!!) The best part is, they ACTUALLY taste delicious, unlike the ones you tend to buy in the stores with the bitter icing!

Madi White

Monday 31st of October 2016

So cute and fun! and delicious! Saving this for sure. :)


Monday 31st of October 2016

Thanks Madi!!!


Monday 31st of October 2016

Too cute! OMG...