Easy to make Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookies that you can make with kids! Decorate these soft cookies with icing and sprinkles on top! I like using this recipe to make Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies!
Best Cut Out Sugar Cookies
These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so easy to make and they just melt in your mouth! They’re the best Christmas cookies to make with your entire family, especially the kids who are going to have so much fun decorating them!
I made these with Enceladus (3 years old) and she had a blast using the cookie cutters and decorating with icing and sprinkles. And then we had lots of fun eating them all because they’re so delicious! (Secret: These only lasted 2 days in our house before they were all gone!)
How to Make Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
Make the sugar cookie dough. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together. In another mixing bowl cream together butter and sugar with electric hand mixer. Add in eggs and vanilla, and then add in the flour mixture. Mix until fully combined.
Chill the dough. Put plastic wrap on top and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. You can chill overnight if you’d like. When you remove from the refrigerator allow the dough to warm up at room temperature as it will be hard.
Tip: If the dough is very hard you can throw the bowl of dough into the microwave to quickly warm up, but ONLY doing this in 10 second increments. You want the dough to still be chilled, NOT warm (it won’t roll!)
Roll and cut out the cookies. Add flour onto a clean surface. Divide the dough into 4 balls and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into 1/4 inch thickness. I like to add additional flour to the top of the dough when rolling so my rolling pin doesn’t stick.
Use whatever cookie cutters you want and cut them out, placing them on parchment paper lined cookie sheets (btw these are my favorite baking sheets!). I was making Christmas Tree Cookies so I used a tree cookie cutter. This recipe makes 48 cookies, but depending on the size of your cookie cutters you might have a little less.
Bake these for 10-12 minutes or until they are light golden brown. These will become more firm while they’re cooling down.
Decorate. You can eat these as is or you can decorate them. Use icing, sprinkles and candies to decorate the cookies!
How to Make Christmas Tree Cookies
You can use any cookie cutters you want, but I really like making Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies because they’re so easy to decorate. I’m not a pro at decorating cookies so I like to make them simple and fun (like these Shortbread Cookies). After all Christmas is about the memories, not how pretty your cookies are! 🙂
I use a tube of white icing to make strings of lights, and then add rainbow sprinkles as the light bulbs. Individual sprinkles are a little difficult to handle so you can use your fingers or you can use a pair of tweezers to pick them up to decorate.
I hope you and your family have fun making these Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookies!
Other Christmas Cookie Recipes
Chocolate Pretzel Cookies
Christmas Donut Cookies
Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies
Gingerbread Men and Women Cookies
Christmas Cookies that Kids Can Make
Sugar Puff Cookies
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Chow Mein Noodle Cookies
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- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter melted
- 1 ½ cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
To decorate (optional)
- White icing
- Rainbow sprinkles
- In a medium-sized bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar with electric hand mixer until fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla and continue mixing. Add in flour mixture and continue mixing until everything is fully combined. Cover dough with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- Remove dough from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for a few minutes until it warms up and you can roll it out. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add parchment paper on top of cookie sheets.
- Separate dough into 4 balls. On a clean surface, add some flour and spread it around. Roll out each ball of dough into ¼ inch thickness, and then use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Place on cookie sheets.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- To decorate (optional): Add icing designs on top of each cookie and then add sprinkles. I like to make Christmas tree cookies, using white icing for strings of lights, with rainbow sprinkles added as the light bulbs.