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The Best Soft Cut Out Christmas Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles

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There’s no better way to welcome Christmas into your home than by baking a batch of our family’s easy sugar cookie recipe. This is the perfect sugar cookie recipe to use all of your favorite cookie cutters with the kids this year.  

It is a super easy recipe for classic sugar cookies that make delicious soft cookies. The recipe is the best way to make sugar cookies when you do not want to make drop cookies. 

This holiday season start happy baking with cutout sugar cookies. This is the best way to get the family excited for family and friends visiting. This recipe is even a good idea when the family is staying over for Christmas and you are looking for a fun family activity. Fun to bake cookies and fun eating the delicious results of all the baking and laughter.

Diving into the fun process of making cut-out cookies is a great way to fill your home with the spirit of Christmas.  

The Best Soft Cut Out Christmas Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles 4 cookies with sprinkles on a christmas plate on a wooden cutting board and holding one in my hand, a cup of black coffee in the background in a spode coffee cup with saucer on a green table with a christmas tree background.

As you bake cookies with your family, the laughter and sweet aroma of baking fill the air, creating lasting memories. Play your favorite Christmas music and grab the kids to make cutout cookies in all the Christmas shapes. 

Make sure you have lots of cookie cutters. I decided this year to gather all my cookie cutters and organize them. From old family heirlooms cookie cutters to intricate designs of new ones I had so many I can not even tell you how many. 

Our family loves this original recipe from my mother and grandmother that has been used for several generations. It is our go-to recipe every holiday season. We use it for Christmas cookies most of all but we also make hearts for Valentine’s Day, bunnies at Easter, chicks and flowers for spring, and turkeys and woodland creatures for fall and Thanksgiving. 

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How To Set Up Your Kitchen To Bake Cut-Out Cookies

  • Clear off all of your counters
  • The day before shop for extra of all of your basic ingredients to have on hand.
  • Make sure you have plenty of cookie sheets & cooling racks.
  • Buy any new cookie cutters to add to your favorite cookie cutters in your collection.
  • Have a step stool or sturdy chair for your little ones.
  • Have a safe place for decorating cookies away from the hot baking pans.
  • Have plenty of clean towels.
  • Have the dishwasher empty.

The Best Easy Christmas Cut Out Cookie Recipe

Our Family’s Tradition of Christmas Sugar Cookies

Some of the sweetest & tender moments of Christmas with your kids, with memories that last a lifetime.   Memories in our kitchen surrounded by my mother’s old rolling pin, sprinkles, frosting & flour all over the floor. With the aroma of baking cut-out cookies,

I am transported to my mother’s kitchen being able to see every detail of the room, gently being reminded not to touch until the cookies cool.

Almost every family has a family traditional Christmas sugar cookie recipe to make and decorate cutout sugar cookies.  I know you have one you have been making for years and here is our family’s Easy Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutout recipe.

I have been making this recipe for years out of your Church’s Women’s Guild Cookbook and have so many wonderful memories of making cutout cookies with my mom. I love the Christmas shape, and the buttery frosting, the sprinkles, and most of all eating them. 

I started when my girls were little making cut-out sugar cookies as one of our desserts at Thanksgiving because I could not wait for Christmas.  We then make a big batch for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Every year I see more and more Christmas cookie cutters and cannot stop myself from adding to my collection.  I have so many classic cookie cutters from my mom but I can not pass up a new look on Santa or a gingerbread boy.

The Best Easy Christmas Cut Out Cookie Recipe Santa Claus is gingerbread man and Christmas cookies on a plate on a brown and red placemat.

Baking Cut-Out Sugar Cookies With Family & Friends

Making the best sugar cookies from scratch can be a lot of work just as decorating the tree alone can be overwhelming meaning.  I have found that the more people involved the more time flies and it is no work at all.  Grab the kids, grandparents, and even neighbors.  Clear off the kitchen counters, and get all the supplies ready before you start.  I even make it a two-day process.  I make the dough one day and put it in the refrigerator and then it the second day the baking.

The Best Soft Cut Out Christmas Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles 4 cookies with sprinkles on a christmas plate on a wooden cutting board, a cup of black coffee in the background in a spode coffee cup with saucer on a green table with a christmas tree background.

Basic Ingredients for Sugar Cookie Dough:

  • Unsalted Butter – room temperature butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt

How to make Christmas Cut-Out Sugar Cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer cream together room temperature butter & sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, and vanilla to the butter & sugar.
  4. Sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder & salt.
  5. Mix together the flour mixture with the butter mixture. Do not overwork.
  6. When the sugar cookie dough has come together cover it with plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.
  7. When the sugar cookie dough is firm but not too firm, on a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to 1/8 thickness, and cut with your favorite cookie cutters.
  8. Gently transfer the cookies to a prepared baking sheet that has been lined with a sheet of parchment paper. 
  9. If you are making with sprinkles, decorate with sprinkles before baking.
  10. Place cookies about 1 inch apart and bake for 9 minutes. Do not overbake but bake until they are lightly brown. (our family likes them a little undercooked)
  11. Place the baked cookies on a Cooling Rack and cool completely.
  12. If using frosting, cool completely before frosting.
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The Best Soft Cut Out Christmas Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles

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  • Author: Crafting a Family Dinner
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A light vanilla butter cookie perfect to use for any roll & cut out cookie.  Our family has used this recipe from the late ’50s from our Church Cookbook. Special Thanks to Mrs. Mildred Hubach from the Church in Aurora


Ingredients

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Cookie Recipe:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Frosting Recipe:

  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 cups of confectioner sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer cream together room temperature butter & sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, and vanilla to the butter & sugar.
  4. Sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder & salt.
  5. Mix together the flour mixture with the butter mixture. Do not overwork.
  6. When the sugar cookie dough has come together cover with plastic wrap and chil for 20 minutes.
  7. When the sugar cookie dough is firm but not too firm, on a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to 1/8 thickness, and cut with your favorite cookie cutters.
  8. Gently transfer the cookies to a prepared baking sheet that has been lined with a sheet of parchment paper. 
  9. If you are making with sprinkles, decorate with sprinkles before baking.
  10. Place cookies about 1 inch apart and bake for 9 minutes. Do not overbake but bake until they are lightly brown. (our family likes them a little undercooked)
  11. Place the baked cookies on a Cooling Rack and cool completely.
  12. If using frosting, cool completely before frosting.

For Frosting:

  1. Placed softened 6 tablespoons of butter in a mixer with 2 cups of confectioners sugar and beat until fluffy. Add milk a little at a time as needed to get the correct consistency.

Notes

  1. Update on 12-11-22: Flour is 2 & 1/2 cup of flour
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