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Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookies

Soft, tender and great tasting sugar cookies with a hint of almond flavor, decorated with colored buttercream frosting.
Course Baking, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 205kcal


For the cookies

  • 1 ½ cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

For the frosting

  • 16 ounces powdered sugar, sifted about 4 cups
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food coloring of choice
  • Sprinkles


For the cookies

  • Line large cookies sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Set aside.
  • Place flour, soda and cream of tartar in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Place butter in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer until creamy. With the mixer on low, gradually add the sugar. Add egg and flavorings. Beat on medium until completely smooth. Turn mixer to low and add the dry ingredients, gradually. Once combined, turn up to medium speed and beat until dough forms. It will be soft. Divide dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough on a heavily floured surface. Roll it out a little bit, then turn the dough and add more flour if necessary, so it won't stick to the counter. Keep rolling, turning and flouring until it's about ⅛" thick. Cut into shapes and place on prepared cookie sheets. (Gather up any scraps of dough and knead together. Then roll out again as directed above.)Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown on the edges. Let cool. Makes 30 (3") cookies.

For the frosting

  • Beat butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add the sugar and beat until smooth. Add vanilla and milk. Divide icing and color, if desired. Frost cooled cookies and decorate with sprinkles.


Recipe inspired by the Betty Crocker Cooky Book, Mary's Sugar Cookies


Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 293IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg