Christmas Cookies Recipe

Christmas Cookies Recipe

When it comes to Christmas cookies, it’s all about decoration, people! It’s also about cozy family time and memory making opportunities with kids. The process should be slow and joyful, it should also be messy and oh so good. Other than those special touches, the recipe itself is the most simple.

So far we have made Christmas banana bread and have boxes with ginger bread Christmas trees waiting for their turn, but cookies took priority today because of all the kids’ nagging. I looked at my pantry refilled by Instacart today and realized that I have everything I need for sugar cookies, so why not? Time is another thing you need and I had some of that today as well, so Christmas cookies baking adventure it was then.

Wooden Spoons from Personalization Mall

Most people will have what’s needed for this simple recipe, but if you don’t, Instacart can hook you up, sometimes within an hour, so no special trip to a grocery store is required. I also love using one-of-a-kind items that I order from Personalization Mall. This time we tested new aprons for kids that had their names and information about being mommy’s helpers.

Pmall Aprons

They looked so cute together and felt like real cooks. So much so that my son’s brand new apron is now covered in chocolate. But that’s what they are for, right? I enjoyed working with wooden personalized spatulas and felt like a very seasoned baker.

Sprinkles for Decoration

I decided to make traditional sugar cookies with butter, but went a little different way with decorating. I dislike those synthetic colorful frostings with all my heart, so we melted some dark chocolate and used various sprinkles to create some serious magic. Let’s take a look:


  • 2 sticks of unsalted organic butter
  • ¾ cup of raw brown sugar
  • 2 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of Himalayan salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • Hershey’s dark chocolate for melting
  • Sprinkles for decoration

Making cookies takes some time, but the process is not very complicated. Mixing the stiff dough is the only tricky step; otherwise a 10 year old could totally do it.

Brown Sugar for Cookies

I started by lining two baking sheets with foil. Parchment paper is fine too. This recipe makes about 30 cookies, so I needed two trays.

Mix Brown Sugar and Butter

I used stand mixer for dough, but at the end worked with hand held mixer to fight with all that toughness. The first step was to put room temperature or a bit warmed up butter and sugar together and beat them on high speed until light and fluffy.

Bit Butter and Sugar

Next goes the egg and the beating continues. Finally, vanilla extract is added to the mix and is mixed for another minute or two.

Add Vanilla Extract

In separate bowl I put flour, baking powder, salt, and cardamom powder together and mixed thoroughly.

Baking Powder for Christmas Cookies

Cardamom powder is a necessity for Christmas baking in my family and I don’t even know why.

Cardamom powder

It just adds that very much needed special touch without which Christmas cookies just wouldn’t be Christmassy for me.

Add Dry Ingredients

Finally, I slowly added all the dry ingredients into the wet ones and kept beating, which at the end became kind of like kneading. This is when I got my hand held mixer out for more power and it helped. When the dough was stiff and ready, I put it in the refrigerator for an hour.

Christmas Cookies Dough

When the hour is almost up, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take the dough ball out from the fridge and place it on a floured surface.

Roll Christmas Cookies Dough

It is buttery and will be sticky, so have more flour handy. I divided my ball into two parts and rolled one out to about ¼ inch thickness. Then I took Christmas cookie shapes and cut bells, angels, and Christmas trees.

Christmas Cookie Shapes

After I was done with the second ball, I collected all the scraps and made the third one from all of them.

Cut Christmas Cookies

Cookies take about 14 minutes to bake and are done when golden brown.

Christmas Cookies Baking

Let them cool fully before starting with decoration.

Cool Christmas Cookies

Our decoration was simple, but the cookies looked stunning.

Hershey’s dark chocolate

I simply melted Hershey’s dark chocolate, showed kids how to dip them in chocolate, made them plates with sprinkles and left them to it.

Dip  Cookies in Chocolate

The result was beautiful and the table was surely messy, but who cares, right?

Decorate Christmas cookies

Enjoy this beautiful tradition and eat your cookies in about two weeks!

Homemade Christmas Cookies