With just a week until Christmas, isn’t it time that you have a foolproof sugar cookie recipe? This recipe makes fantastic cutout sugar cookies that hold their shape and don’t need to chill first – a huge bonus if you’ve got impatient kids, or if you’re just busy. ‘Tis the season of busy, after all. Read on for a fantastic Christmas cookie recipe that we hear Santa loves! We’re also going to link you to some of our favorite cookie baking and decorating tips from around the web. Huge bonus – even if you’ve got ZERO time to go Christmas shopping, everyone loves a box (or Kilner jar) of cookies. And these are not only super easy to make and highly delicious, but they’re inexpensive – a great way to save some money during this expensive time.
Of course, if you want to buy a gift, we’ve got options, and as long as you place your order by December 23rd, there’s a way to get it to you for Christmas (Call us or Live Chat us for details – Ground shipping WILL NOT necessarily do the trick, depending on where you’re located.) Check out our Odds-and-Ends section for really cool one-off pieces up to 50% off, or take a look at our Holiday section for gifts and table decor. Or, you know, feel free to browse our entire site. We’ve got some INCREDIBLE gift ideas. Got a baker on the list? We’ve got cake stands. A holiday junkie? Consider a Mason Cash Christmas bowl. A tea drinker? Give them a beautiful new teapot!
But enough talk. Let’s bake instead! What makes these cookies extra special? You don’t have to chill the dough before baking. You can freeze the cookies OR the dough. They hold their shape without being too hard. They bake quickly. But most importantly, they’re super-tasty.
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter, cold
- 1 egg
- zest of 1 lemon
- zest of one tangerine or small orange
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350 (unless you’re making and freezing the dough.)
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a mixer (or with a hand mixer if you want) cream together the butter, lemon zest, tangerine zest and sugar until the mixture is well combined.
- Add the egg, scrape the bowl, and then add the vanilla extract.
- Add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Don’t over mix or you’ll ruin the texture, but scrape bowl to make sure everything is incorporated.
- Once dough is barely incorporated (It’ll still be crumbly, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead it lightly with your hands to combine, then roll to about 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut into shapes and put on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown, or freeze flat with parchment between cookies.
- Decorate as you see fit! I use a quick royal icing (powdered sugar, lemon juice, egg white) to ice my cookies. Sometimes I go crazy with the sprinkles.
See below for more cookie baking, decorating and gifting tips!
Need some cookie decorating inspiration? The Brilliant Bridget over at Bake at 350 (hello, alliteration!) has a killer holiday cooking guide – everything from recipes to tips to decorating ideas all in one place. Click here to be absolutely wowed!
How about some flawless icing? This post (and hello, video tutorial) over at Sweet Sugar Belle will have you making professional looking iced cookies in no time!
Need a pretty cookie that packs? We are Not Martha suggests these sandwich cookies – Check them out at the end of the post, packed in cute holiday gift boxes!
Need more cookie-wrapping inspiration? Check out this post over on The Kitchn. Everything from jars (hello, Kilner) to take out containers to brown lunch bags can be made into beautiful gift containers with a little ingenuity.
So there you have it, folks. It’s not too late to make (and give) a fabulous holiday gift – I mean really, can you think of anyone who doesn’t like cookies? Whether you’re making our cookies or favorite recipes of yours, whoever is on the receiving end is going to be one lucky friend! And, since it’s a week away, Merry Christmas. If that’s not your thing, Happy Holidays, happy winter, happy day!