It’s that time of year again, time to get creative in the kitchen and come up with some great Christmas sugar cookie recipes. We’ve found an assortment of different recipes and styles so you can go retro, or trying something more avant-garde. There’s sure to be a recipe on here you haven’t seen before, something to really make them say wow, and at the same time make them say “Mmmmm”.
1. Jenny’s Sugar Cookies
These sugar cookies by Jenny have a classic look to them, and are decorated in a way that makes them look fantastic. You can choose between making snowmen with white icing, as well as a pastel color for their hat and scarves, or make Christmas ornaments or Christmas canes as well. The recipe calls for lots of butter so you know these will taste nice and buttery while satisfying your sweet tooth. If you’re worried yours won’t turn out like her designs, just copy them from the picture and it should closely resemble them.
2. Sugar Cookie Trees
These trees are made out of sugar cookies and resemble a Christmas tree. You’ll need plenty of green food coloring for the green effect, and you don’t have to worry about brown food coloring because the base is made from a Tootsie Roll. This means that the entire tree is edible. You make the tree effect by making cookies in a range of sizes and then stacking them onto each other in a way that gives it that evergreen look. The cookie recipe comes from Martha Stewart so you know it will be tip-top and taste yummy.
3. Sugar Cookie Bars
Time to give sugar cookies a revamp with these Sugar Cookie Bars. You’ll be getting the classic taste of sugar cookies without the boring shape to them, and with less likelihood of them drying out. These bars are topped with peanut butter and chocolate chips, so you’re getting plenty of flavors that you don’t normally get with ordinary sugar cookies. Your friends and family won’t believe that these start off with a sugar cookie base, since most of the time sugar cookies are described as being bland and boring. Kick their flavor and appearance up a notch with these fantastically delicious cookie bars.
4. Soft Sugar Sprinkles Cookies
There’s a lot packed into these sugar cookies, and you’re sure to love the way they taste as much as the way they look. They have plenty of color to them because of the sprinkles, and this is the major addition that not only alters their flavor but also changes them from a mostly one-colored cookie to these dazzling firework style cookies you see here. They are not just sprinkled on the top but infused throughout the cookie so it’s really something special that people are sure to notice and comment on. It’s like a confetti sugar cookie.
5. Giant Soft Sugar Cookies
These sugar cookies are oversized so they’re sure to satisfy the Christmas cookie cravings. They have decorated them in several different ways, so you can make them look like snowmen, or Santa’s belly, or a more classic look. For the snowman’s face you just need some orange and black colored icing and a steady hand. For the Santa bellies you need red icing and as well as some black and white to make the belt that spans across Santa’s massive circumference. The larger size of these cookies means you have a bigger canvas to work with.
6. Santa & Elf Sugar Cookies
These sugar cookies are decorated up to look like Santa and one of his elves. They not only share with you the necessary ingredients and different colors of frosting you’ll need to make these look great, but they also walk you through the step by step of actually making them. They’ll tell you where to start, such as which features to do first, so you don’t have to backtrack or miss an important step. When you’re finished you should have a nice tray of Santas and elves to help him out. Santa turns out looking extra jolly and the elf super happy.
7. Amber’s Favorite Sugar Cookies
When you’re ready for a classic sugar cookie taste and look, you’ll want to go with this recipe from Amber. She’ll share with you her favorite recipe for making the sort of sugar cookies that you use with cookie cutters to cut into all sorts of shapes, and then dust with sprinkles or a bit of powdered sugar to finish them off. The nice part of getting back to basics is that you will appeal to people’s nostalgic side, and make something that they remember having when they were a kid. It really helps when the cookies taste really good too.
8. Brown Sugar Christmas Cookies
Many sugar cookies use ordinary sugar, so it’s nice to switch things up once in awhile and make this brown sugar version. It replaces regular sugar with brown sugar, but doesn’t sacrifice anything in regards to flavor. The other ingredients are pretty standard, including flour, baking soda, baking powder, and even a nice icing to go on top. You’re sure to get people asking you how you made these, and why they look a bit different than regular sugar cookies. They give plenty of examples of the different design options you have here, so it’s just a matter of choosing your favorites or making them all.
9. Sugar Cookies with Kisses
The only thing better than a scrumptious sugar cookie is a sugar cookie with a Hershey’s Kiss right in the middle of it. That’s what they’re delivering here with an extra tall sugar cookie that has a Kiss smushed right in the middle of it. This means that with each bite you take you’re sure to get some yummy chocolate in it. The sugar cookie provides a nice foundation and backdrop for the Kiss, and if you have any chocoholics on hand they’ll definitely gravitate towards these. It’s a good way to spruce up an otherwise one dimensional cookie.
10. Snow Globe Cookies
You won’t believe these sugar cookies are actually edible. But they really are made from all edible ingredients, and a whole lot of sugar. The idea to turn them into a snow globe was pure genius, and if you serve them up you’ll be regarded as a dessert professional. In fact, these look like something you’d see on a dessert bake off. They give detailed instructions with plenty of pictures so they really are hoping that you can replicate these in your own home. They even give mockups of the internal decorations so you have a good chance of making these look awesome.
11. Christmas Wreath Cookies
These sugar cookies come out looking like the sort of wreath you hang on your door for the holiday season. The trick is a combination of materials so everything looks just right. You use plenty of the green fondant to make the base of the wreath, and then a few dots of red to make the dots which represent holly. They have a cute trick for the ribbon, which we won’t share here, but suffice it to say that the entire cookie is edible. It all starts with the cookie, which is made into circles for the wreath form.
12. Santa Sugar Cookies
Make these cute Santa face sugar cookies and you’re sure to get applause from friends and family. He just looks really jolly because the cookie is circular, giving him a nice round face that is very appropriate for Mr. Claus. They show a step by step with images so you can follow along on how to make the fringe of his hat and his beard with white icing, and then using the red icing to fill in the hat area. He has little pink cheeks and a red nose somehow works without making him look like Rudolph.
13. Best Chewy Sugar Cookies
One complaint about standard sugar cookies is that they’re dry and crunchy. Get rid of those complaints with these chewy sugar cookies that will change what you think of when you think of sugar cookies. These are big and chunky and chewy, rather than flat and dry. They still go great with a glass of milk, and they still lend themselves well to frosting, icing, and decorating, as well as being cut into various forms using cookie cutters. They may not come out as flat as a traditional sugar cookie, but we don’t think you’ll mind about that once you have a taste of these.
14. Snow Globe Ornament Sugar Cookies
These cookies are meant to resemble a snow globe, which is quite fitting for this time of year. They feature uncut Christmas trees still living in their natural habitat with a few red dots on them to represent lights or holly. The snow is coming down on these trees with a blue sky background. The top of the cookie makes it look like an ornament, but we doubt these will make it to the tree, as once the necessary photographs have been taken, our guess is they’ll be quickly eaten for looking so yummy.
15. Iced Sugar Cookies
These iced sugar cookies are a bit monochrome, but that is their appeal. They are designed to look like snowflakes, and each one looks a bit different than the other, which is part of what makes snowflakes so magical. The icing might look complicated on these, but all you have to do is follow their lead and do what they’ve done. Since you’re only working with white and blue frosting it’s easier because you don’t have to switch back and forth between frosting utensils. Be sure you have a fine frosting dispenser to get the nice thin lines.
16. Charlie Brown Christmas Cookies
These cookies pay homage to Charlie Brown and his gang, known at this time of year for their Christmas special played annually. They have cookies with the well-known Charlie Brown shirt, as well as a Snoopy design, and shirts for the rest of the group too. Thankfully they haven’t included Pig Pen in all of this, but they do have Lucy, Linus, and others covered. It’s a great cookie to back up when you’re ready to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas. These have little ornament hooks at the top to make them look like ornaments.
17. Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookies
If you’ve ever been invited to an ugly sweater Christmas party you’ll appreciate that someone has captured this awkwardness and put it onto a cookie. These are a fantastic dish to bring with you to an ugly sweater party if you’ve been invited to one this year. Nothing beats showing up in an ugly sweater while holding a tray of ugly sweater Christmas cookies. They’re sure to be a hit, even if your ugly sweater doesn’t win first prize, your cookies might. The cookies actually turn out looking really cute, and not ugly at all, but that’s the theme.
18. Snowman Sugar Cookies
Make up these cute snowman sugar cookies anytime you’re feeling blue this winter and they’re sure to cheer you up with their big smiles. The snowman has a cap on, so he looks ready to brave the snowy conditions. For his carrot nose it’s just a little dollop of orange frosting, and you can also make Christmas trees with these. If you’ve been looking for a yummy recipe that looks great too, this is a solid choice, and they’re relatively easy to make if you’re short on time.