I know Christmas is just a few days away, so I wanted to share with you the best Christmas Sugar cookie recipe for Santa, yourself, and your kids. This sugar cookie recipe was passed down from a family friend and into our family growing up, and I am sure there is nothing that tastes better in all the world. These Christmas cookies are so easy to make with the kids and you can glam them up with all the holiday sprinkles and yummy buttercream frosting I am going to give you the recipe for as well. All in all, these are not healthy by any means, and I’m serious about that. But dang, every single one of these homemade Christmas Sugar Cookies will get eaten by Santa (or you), and the plate may even get licked clean. I can’t wait for you to try out my favorite holiday treat.
Growing up, I would make these Christmas cookies with my mom and siblings, and so, making them with my own kids brings back a million precious memories (well….ish…read below). My kids get so excited to be able to gather around the kitchen with me and make the yummy sugar cookie dough and buttercream frosting. They like to roll out the dough, use their Christmas cookie cutters and create their version of a pretty Christmas cookie and go wild when they decorate.
I’m going to be honest with you all, baking cookies with my kids does cause me to go into a slight panic. I want so badly for it to be a precious memory, but the amount of flour, sugar, frosting, and disaster that comes with baking with kids is a real situation. So, I had to tuck my anxiety down into the depths of my soul when the flour landed all over the kitchen floor, put on a smile, and choose to be merry and bright. Anybody else feel me on that?
And then the frosting situation. Do any of you feel like you get super neurotic when your kids just slap the Christmas buttercream frosting all over a Santa cookie into a smooshed design? Is this just a “me” thing? I like to carefully craft where the frosting goes on the best holiday sugar cookies of all time but my kids are kids, and they just want it all to be very avant-guard. In all honesty, again, I had to take a deep breath, tuck down the intense need to intervene on the frosting disaster and let them be kids.
Anyways, when “Santa” comes down the chimney, he won’t care that the frosting is an epic disaster, he will be happy that the kids took the time to make him a little somethin. Ya know what I’m saying? Sure you do.
So, with that all said, thanks for listening and now here is my family/friend Christmas sugar cookie recipe for Santa, you, your kids and your family.
Santa’s Christmas Sugar Cookie Ingredients and Recipe:
Prep Time: 10 minutes tops unless you are doing it with children…then..who know’s. Let’s be real.
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Cookie Cutting and Frosting Time: With kids? Literally for forever. By yourself…this depends on how neurotic you are.
Calories: It’s Christmas…come on now. Do it for Santa.
Ingredients for cookies:
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 cup margarine
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (confection sugar)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. cream of tarter
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
Ingredients for Buttercream Frosting
- 1/2 cup of unsold butter room temp.
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbs milk (sometimes I sub with peppermint coffee mate)
- 2 cups of powdered sugar (confection sugar)
- a few drops of Food Coloring
Other things you need:
- Mixing bowl or Mixer
- Cookie Sheets
- Christmas Cookie Cutters
- Rolling Pin
- Cooking Spray
- An oven : )
Baking Instructions for the best Christmas sugar cookie for Santa
(Makes about 24 sugar cookies give or take and depending on the size of your cookie cutters.)
- Turn on your oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray your cookie sheets and set aside
- Toss every last ingredient into a mixer or hand held mixer and mix on med until the powdered sugar and flour aren’t sloshing around your counter top. Then go ahead and turn it up to high for about a minute or until everything is fully mixed. Your dough should be really firm.
- Roll out your dough with a rolling pin. These are NOT thin cookies. You want to roll the dough out and have them be about 1/4 inch thick. Then just cut out your cookie shapes with your Christmas cookie cutters.
- Next, place them onto your sprayed cookie sheet about 3 in a row.
- Place in the oven and bake for 8 minutes or until they feel slightly firm at the top.
- HERE’S THE SECRET: If they are brown on the bottom at at all, they have cooked to long. They should look like you aren’t sure if they are acutally done or not.
- Let the sugar cookies rest for about 5-10 minute until you frost them with your buttercream frosting.
- Once they are cooled down, add the buttercream frosting, add the sprinkles, add the love. Let them sit for about 10 minutes or until the frosting is firm before stacking them.
Buttercream Icing Instructions
- Toss all ingredients into a mixer or handheld mixer.
- Mix it all together.
- Add in whatever food coloring you want.
- Bammm….you did it.
See…I’m smiling. Alright my friends, enjoy making these cookies and remember that calories do count during the holidays, but you can choose to ignore it and just enjoy the frosting without guilt. Christmas only comes once a year and you can diet or whatever in January like every other American.