christmas sugar cookies

Making Christmas sugar cookies? Give your frosting a bold color makeover

These Christmas sugar cookies are unlike any we’ve ever seen!

Sugar cookies are a Christmas season staple. Instead of reaching for the basic cherry red and forest green, go for something more bold! The Skalla family’s creations jumped out at us and we got the scoop.

Shannon Skalla shares how they like to mix up their cookies. She shares her secrets to bold, bright frosting colors, and her tried and true recipe she reaches for every year.


Christmas Sugar Cookies


  • 2 cups butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 6 teaspoon baking powder
  • 7 cups flour


Mix wet ingredients with sugar then slowly add baking powder and flour. Mix well. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes. Bake for 7 minutes at 375.


Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe


  • 1 pound cream cheese
  • 3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar