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How to Make Christmas Cookies

Christmas is a time for happiness, celebrations, and, of course, food. Baking Christmas cookies is a popular custom that takes place over the holiday season. Decorating cookies for Santa, giving them to loved ones, or sharing them with others is a fun and festive way to spread happiness and coziness. We’ll look at a traditional sugar cookie recipe in this how-to, which can be a blank canvas for your creative holiday baking.


  1. One cup (2 sticks) softened unsalted butter
  2. One cup of sugar, granulated
  3. One big egg
  4. One tsp vanilla essence
  5. Three cups of all-purpose flour
  6. One-half tsp baking powder
  7. Half a teaspoon of salt
  8. Regarding the Icing:
  9. Two cups of powdered sugar
  10. Two tsp milk
  11. Two tsp light corn syrup
  12. Food coloring (Optional)
  13. Decorations and sprinkles (optional)


1: Preheat the Oven

Set the oven temperature to 350°F (180°C). Put parchment paper on baking sheets to stop cookies from sticking.

2: Cream the Butter and Sugar

Beat the softened butter and granulated sugar in a sizable mixing basin until the mixture is light and fluffy. A stand mixer or a hand mixer can be used for this.

3: Add the Egg and Vanilla

Blend the egg and vanilla essence until thoroughly blended. The rich flavor and texture of the cookies are enhanced by these components.

4: Combine Dry Ingredients

Mix the baking powder, salt, and all-purpose flour in a different basin. Mixing until a soft dough forms, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ones.

5: Roll and Cut

Split the dough in half, cover each half with plastic wrap, and chill for a minimum of 60 minutes. After the dough has chilled, roll it out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch on a floured surface. Cut shapes with festive cookie cutters.

6: Bake

With a little space between each, arrange the cut-out cookies on the baking pans that have been prepared. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until a light golden color appears around the edges. Try not to overbake if you want the cookies to stay soft.

7: Make the Icing

As the cookies cool, get the icing ready. Mix the light corn syrup, milk, and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl until well combined. For added color, use food coloring.

8: Decorate

After the cookies cool fully, drizzle or spread the frosting over them. Use your imagination when it comes to color and pattern. While the frosting is still wet, decorate it with sprinkles or other items.

9: Let It Set

Before stacking or storing the cookies, let the frosting harden and solidify. Usually, this requires several hours.

10: Enjoy and Share

You can now enjoy your Christmas cookies! Give them to friends and family, put them out for Santa, or bundle them up as holiday presents.

Tips and Variations

Flavor Enhancement: To enhance the taste of the cookie dough, use a smidgeon of almond or citrus zest.
Chocolate sprinkle: For a luxurious touch, sprinkle some melted chocolate over the cookies.
Holiday Shapes: To create a festive atmosphere, use cookie cutters shaped like stars, reindeer, or Christmas trees.
Spice It Up: To give the dough a warm, spiced flavor, mix in a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon.


Making Christmas cookies is a delightful custom that unites people rather than just being a culinary endeavor. These handcrafted sweets will brighten your holiday season and bring cheer to everyone who receive them, whether you’re eating them with a hot chocolate mug or giving them as gifts to neighbors and friends. So grab a pair of gloves, crank up the holiday music, and let the scent of freshly made cookies fill your house with the spirit of the season.

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