We have a recipe for the best Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookies. Learn how to make gorgeous and tasty Christmas cut out cookies in just a few steps.
Sugar cookies go hand and hand with Christmas Desserts. We have the absolute best cut out sugar cookies that you need to make. The kids and I have been making these for years.
Choose from all of your favorite holiday shapes and decorate with delicious icing. I also love to make Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies with sugar cookie frosting.
These tasty cookies are perfect for Christmas parties, cookie exchanges and more. Everyone will think you purchased these from a bakery because they look so pretty and taste decadent.
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Why this recipe is the best
- Delicious Cookies. The texture and flavor is amazing.
- Easy to make. The cookies take very little time to prepare.
- So much fun to decorate. Get creative and make an assortment of designs.
- All Purpose Flour
- Unsalted Butter
- Egg Whites
- Confectioner’s Sugar
- Gel Food Coloring
Find the complete ingredient list and instructions at the bottom of the post.
How to Make the Best Cutout Cookie Recipe:
- Step 1. Prepare Oven – First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Step 2. Cream butter, sugar, and eggs – Next, cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a large bowl. Add all 4 eggs at one time.
Step 3. Continue to mix. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
Step 4. Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
Step 5. Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Prepare dough area. Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter. (if needed)
Step 6. Begin cutting cookies – Roll out the dough out on the cutting board and using your favorite Christmas cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
Step 7. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Move the cut cookies to cookie sheet. Bake and cool the cookies.
Step 8. Combine the icing ingredients in a bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes, except your food coloring. If icing is not stiff enough, add ¼ C powder sugar until the icing is to a 15 second consistency.
Step 9. Mix the icing with the food gel coloring of your choice. You can separate the icing into different bowls for different colors.
Step 10. Place the royal icing in piping bags and decorate the cookies with the colors of your choice. Allow the decorated cookies between 2-3 hours to dry.
How to Decorate Christmas Cutout Cookie:
Now that you have cut out your cookies and baked them now it is time to decorate them. This is were I get the kids involved. They love to admire their work and it so fun doing this activity with them.
- Outline Cookie – We like to first outline the cookie. If you have little kids, you may want to help them with this. But is also fun to see what they create.
- Fill in Cookie – Fill in cookie with your favorite holiday colors. It is fun to use different colors to really make the cookies shine.
- Use Tip – To fill in those corner areas, we recommend using a tip. This is also good to use for the details of your cookies.
- Sprinkles – If you are adding in small sprinkles or mini chocolate chips, we recommend adding before the frosting sets. This allows for the sprinkles to stick to the frosting.
- Allow Cookie to Rest – Once you are done decorating, place on a wire rack and let the frosting and sprinkles set before serving. This is also important if you are wrapping up in a bag to give as a gift.
- Chill Dough – Allow time for the dough to chill before cutting into shapes.
- Line Baking Sheet – We recommend lining the baking sheet with parchment paper. This prevents the cookies from spreading and sticking to the pan.
- Keep Dough Cool – It is important to keep dough cool before baking. If you are waiting to put cookies in the oven, we recommend placing in the refrigerator.
- Overmixing the Dough – Be careful to not over mixing the dough. This helps keep the dough together which helps for the cookies not to spread while baking.
- Fresh Ingredients – When preparing the cookie dough, make sure you use fresh ingredients. The cookies taste better and cook better.
- Mixing Ingredients – We like using our stand mixer to mix the ingredients, but you can also use a hand mixer.
- Food Coloring – We recommend using gel food coloring for the best and vibrate colors for your sugar cookies.
- Piping Bags – For ease of decorating, place the prepared icing in separate piping bags. This allows you to get the perfect outline and the most amazing decorated cookies.
- Baking Cookies – You want to bake the cookies until they are barely set. This allows for a softer cookie. If you bake until they are brown, then the cookie will be crunchy. Sugar Cookies are supposed to be very soft and chewy.
How to freeze cookie dough:
Freezing sugar cookie dough is easy to do. There are two options you can use if you are planning on freezing the dough.
Freeze the dough uncut – After mixing the dough, you can freeze as is and wrap tightly with saran wrap. Place in a freeze safe container that is airtight. When you are ready to use, thaw dough overnight in the refrigerator and then roll and cut out your cookies.
Freezer cutout cookies – You can go ahead and cut your cookie dough in the shapes that you prefer. Then place them on a baking sheet and cover completely.
Freeze on baking sheet – Then freeze on the baking sheet. Once you ready to bake, then remove from the freezer and thaw. Then the cookies are ready to bake.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Sugar Cookie Dough needs to chill for at least 6 hours. We recommend making it and letting it set in the refrigerator overnight.
Make sure to wrap the dough completely so no air gets to the dough and dries it out.
They will last for about a week in an airtight container. After a week, the appearance of the icing may change and the quality may not be the same.
However, if you have a heat sealer to use on each cookie, they will last for several weeks.
After decorating the sugar cookies it is important to allow the icing to harden. This prevents the icing to blend with the other colors.
We recommend allowing the icing to harden for at least 3 hours or overnight.
Place decorated cookies in an airtight container. If you are stacking cookies in the container, we recommend placing a piece of wax paper in between the cookies.
If placing on a cookie tray, make sure it is completely wrapped tightly.
Make sure the cookies are set before freezing. Use a freezer container and parchment paper in between each layer to keep the appearance of the cookies intact.
The cookies should keep up to 3 months in the freezer.
More Christmas Cookies:
- Easy Christmas Wreath Cookies Recipe
- Christmas Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
- Christmas Pinwheel Cookies Recipe
- Easy Grinch Cookies Recipe
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Christmas cut out Sugar Cookies
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
- Add all 4 eggs at one time. Continue to mix.
- Add the vanilla. Continue mixing.
- Sift the four, baking powder, and salt together.
- Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
- Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
- Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
- Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
- Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
- Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour intothe batter. (if needed)
- Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using your favorite Christmas cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
- Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked.
- Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.(About 10 minutes).
- Icing Directions:
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring). If icing is not stiff enough add ¼ C powder sugar until the icing is to a 15 second consistency. Which means that when you slice a spatula across the top of the icing, it would take 15 seconds to disappear.
- Mix the icing with the food gel coloring of your choice. You can separate the icing into different bowls for different colors.
- Place the icing in piping bags and decorate the cookies with the colors of your choice.
- Allow the decorated cookies between 2-3 hours to dry.
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