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Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas Sugar Cookies are a soft, chewy sugar cookie decorated like a Christmas Tree. The simple design made with Vanilla Buttercream is beginner friendly. These Christmas Sugar Cookies will make everyone's spirit bright!
Course Dessert
Keyword Christmas, christmas cookies, Christmas sugar cookies, Christmas tree cookies, Christmas tree sugar, Christmas tree sugar cookies, cookies, cut out sugar cookies, soft sugar cookies, sugar cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 dozen
Author Karli Bitner



  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer for a full 3 minutes.
  • Scrape sides and add in vanilla and egg. Mix until combined.
  • Add flour and baking powder to the bowl. Mix slowly at first gradually getting faster until the dough comes together. The texture should be like Playdoh. Add a little flour or water if needed to get it to a soft, pliable consistency.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface. Use a rolling pin and roll until about 1/4 inch thick. (The cookies will not rise while baking, they will not get thinner while baking. Roll out to your desired FINISHED thickness.)
  • Use cookie cutters and cut out desired shapes. Transfer the cookies to a silicone lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until the centers are puffy and no longer glossy. Pull the cookies out of the oven BEFORE they start turning brown. If they turn brown, the cookie will be dry and ‘crackery’ instead of soft and chewy.
  • Frost with Sugar Cookie Frosting and Enjoy!


For full decorating instructions, see post above.