Easy soft baked Christmas sugar cookies

The only thing I like more than making cookies, is eating them. During Christmas I always try to find a new recipe that I can bake for my family. I normally try recipes from Pinterest, but this years new recipe is courtesy of one of my dear friends.

I’m definitely not a professional baker so this is the perfect recipe for a beginner. I always find that I need a double batch during the holidays, once I know a recipe is good. I grab a bunch of freezer safe containers, save half for when company comes and give away half for tasting.

The trick for perfect sugar cookie decorations is the royal icing, not pictured below. We attempted to make the perfect icing but our measurements were a little off, resulting in some messy cookies. I’ve since found a much better recipe for the icing and shared it below.


Prep time: 40 minutes (including refrigeration)
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Yield: 24 cookies



  • 1 1/2 cups of butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Royal Icing

  • 4 tbsp meringue powder
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups powered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine butter, sugar and powdered sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder, salt and flour.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet, mix until well combined.
  6. Refrigerate for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Roll out dough, it works best on a baking mat, until it is 1/4 inch thick (or desired thickness).
  8. Using a cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes and transfer to parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes, cool before adding icing.


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