To ice or not to ice? That is the question for Christmas Sugar Cookies! While I love a good sugar cookie with royal icing, this is definitely my favorite sugar cookie recipe! Cut out the cookies, sprinkle with a little extra sugar and bake for a deliciously sweet Christmas cookie!
You don’t need icing with these addicting Classic Sugar Cookies!
I like experimenting in the kitchen and bringing you new recipes, but sometimes the old recipes are still better. We have two different family sugar cookie recipes – the first is with royal icing that I shared when I made Wookie Cookies which we like using for themed parties and showers because you can decorate them and the second is these Classic Sugar Cookies! This recipe is lighter than iced cookies and less sweet despite the extra sprinkling of sugar on the top! That means you can eat more – or at least it does in my Christmas day philosophy.
This was the sugar cookie recipe I grew up with every holiday season and was placed out every Christmas Eve for Santa Claus. My mom would always mix up the batch and divide it into four pieces – 1 for each of us kids. I always thought she did this to be fair and make sure we all got to make our own special cookies, deciding which cookie cutters we used and adding the extra sugar. As I got older, I realized she was genius. She didn’t leave a batch for herself to make. Instead she just helped us make our batches without the main responsibility of cutting them all out.
The reason I’m really sharing this random family memory with all of you is to say that this Classic Sugar Cookie Recipe makes a big batch! If you need a lot of cookies, use smaller cookie cutters and you can probably cut out 100+ cookies from this one recipe. This makes it the perfect Christmas cookie recipe because there is plenty for a party, to bring to work, to box up for neighbors, or just for a large family like ours.
When people ask which recipe they should make for a party or a holiday cookie exchange, this is the recipe I always recommend. Well this or my Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups if they are looking for a show stopping Christmas Cookie.
ITEMS YOU MAY WANT FOR MAKING YOUR HOLIDAY COOKIES:
- 10 Piece Christmas Cookie Cutters – From Mr and Mrs Gingerbread Man to a Sleigh and Present, this set has a great selection!
- Snowflake Cookie Cutters – These are my favorite cookie cutters! I’m a big snowflake fan.
- Pastry Scraper and Cutter – It’s a tool I use may more often than I thought I would. Great for working with dough and definitely for cleaning counters.
- Wilton Master 55 Piece Decorating Tip Set and Wilton Disposable Pastry Bags
- Wilton Angled Icing Spatula
- Silicone Basting/Glazing Pastry Brushes
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY THESE OTHER HOLIDAY COOKIE RECIPES:
- Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups
- Iced Oatmeal Cookies
- Funfetti Christmas Cookie
- Christmas Wreath Cookies
- Christmas Cookie Tree
Now, Get to Baking Your Cut Out Sugar Cookies Sans Royal Icing!
Soft, sweet holiday cookies that are easier and quicker to make than icing recipes! Plus, it's the best Christmas cookie recipe because it makes a large batch that's perfect for holiday parties, cookie exchanges and neighbor gifts!
- 1 pound butter
- 2 3/4 cups sugar
- 3 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 6 cups flour
- 4 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla.
Add eggs and milk. Combine thoroughly.
Add flour, baking powder and salt. I recommend starting with only half the flour at a time.
Divide as desired (in half or in quarters) and refrigerate 1 hour.
Roll out on a floured surface and use cookie cutters to make desired shapes. Then place on your cookie sheet.
Top with a sprinkle of sugar and bake 6-10 minutes at 375 F.