Soft Christmas Sugar Cookies made with classic ingredients & frosted with a simple Royal icing. Perfect holiday Sugar Cookie recipe for festive Christmas cut out cookies!
Christmas Sugar Cookies are one of our favorite holiday traditions! There’s something very comforting about the tradition of making Christmas sugar cookies this time of year! The whole family enjoys the cookies, of course, but also the process of decorating them. We love this recipe as it yields perfectly sweet, soft cookies. I think it’s the addition of sour cream that makes the texture so wonderful! Get creative and enjoy.
What Are Christmas Sugar Cookies?
While tied to the holiday of Christmas, these sugar cookies could honestly be made any time of the year and for any holiday or reason. They’re a simple roll out sugar cookie recipe that holds shape once cut with cookie cutters. Topped with icing or frosting as desired and given some festive sprinkles, this recipe is easy to make and so much more fun to eat!
-Sugar: We need 1 cup of granulated white sugar to get a good sweetened cookie.
-Butter: With 1/2 cup of softened butter (one stick) we can get a buttery rich flavor.
-Egg: We need 1 egg to act as the binder for this dough so that the cookies don’t crumble and fall apart.
-Vanilla: We need 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to get a good flavor base. Tip: use high quality vanilla for a better flavor result.
-Sour Cream: We need 1/3 cup of sour cream to help thicken the dough and make a soft melt in your mouth cookie once baked.
-Salt: With 1/2 teaspoon of salt we can enhance all of the flavors in the cookies so that they taste even better.
-Baking Soda: We only need 1/2 teaspoon of this leavening agent to make these cookies puff up slightly while baking.
-Flour: 2 cups of all-purpose flour will act as the gluten base for this cookie dough.
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1 TBSP light corn syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
In a bowl, cream together the sugar and butter with an electric mixer.
Add in the egg and the vanilla extract.
In another bowl, combine the sour cream, salt, and baking soda.
Add the flour and the sour cream mixture to the butter mixture and beat until smooth.
Chill the dough in the fridge for several hours. The colder the better.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes using shaped cookie cutters.
Bake in the oven at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes.
Whisk frosting ingredients together. Pipe or spread onto cookies. Add sprinkles, if desired. Enjoy!
SOFT CHRISTMAS SUGAR COOKIES
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 TBSP light corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Cream together sugar and butter.
- Add egg and vanilla. Mix to combine.
- In separate bowl, combine sour cream, salt and soda.
- Add flour and sour cream to butter mixture, beat until smooth.
- Chill dough for several hours.
- Preheat oven to 375°F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Roll dough out, using additional flour as needed to prevent sticking. Cut with shaped cookie cutters.
- Bake at 375°F for 10 minutes.
- Whisk icing ingredients together. Add food coloring if desired. Pipe or spread on cookies. Top with sprinkles. Enjoy!
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Can I Freeze Sugar Cookies?
Yes! These cookies do great in the freezer. Simply store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months and thaw at room temperature before eating. If the cookies have been frosted, it’s a good idea to layer the cookies with wax paper or flash freeze them first so that they don’t stick together.
How Long Do Sugar Cookies Last?
These cookies if stored in an airtight container at room temperature can last up to a week or two. This should give you plenty of time to enjoy a sweet treat when the mood strikes!
Do I Have to Chill the Dough?
Yes. It’s very important to chill this dough so that the cut shapes hold up in the hot oven. The colder the dough, the better. At a minimum, you should let the dough chill for at least an hour and try to avoid overworking it too much when rolling it out so that it doesn’t warm up too much.
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These delicious and soft Christmas sugar cookies are one of those cut out cookie recipes you’ll want to make over and over again. They hold their shape so well, pair great with icing, and even better- they’re easy to make! Start a new tradition at home with these cut out sugar cookies recipe.