christmas sugar cookies

These Christmas sugar cookies only have 6 ingredients! Here’s what makes them the best…

It’s not the holidays without a batch of Christmas sugar cookies!

Santa needs his sugar cookies on Christmas Eve, and there’s one recipe that rules them all! It’s a staple in millions of kitchens world-wide.

Karli Bitner shares her very own sugar cookie recipe.

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Find the full recipe here.


The Best Sugar Cookies

This recipe is featured in Karli’s brand new cookbook: The Merry Cookie Lover. This book is a gold mine for cookies! There are 60 total recipes, 30 Christmas Cookie recipes and 30 Christmas candies. It’s the perfect guide for all holiday baking, or would make an amazing gift for someone who loves to bake! You can order her book here.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 107kcal
Author: Karli Bitner


  • 1 cup (222g) butter room temperature
  • 1 cup (233g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups (456g) flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 batch Sugar Cookie Frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. (180°C)
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer for a full 2 minutes.
  3. Scrape sides and add in vanilla and egg. Mix until combined.
  4. Add flour and baking powder to the bowl. Mix slowly at first gradually getting faster until the dough comes together. The texture should be like Playdoh. Add a little flour or water if needed to get it to a soft, pliable consistency.
  5. Use a rolling pin and roll the dough onto a floured surface until 1/4-1/2 inch thick, depending on the size of your cookie cutter. (The cookies will not rise while baking, they will not get thinner while baking. Roll out to your desired FINISHED thickness.)
  6. Use cookie cutters and cut out desired shapes. Transfer the cookies to an un-greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 7-11 minutes or until the centers are puffy and no longer glossy. Pull the cookies out of the oven BEFORE they start turning brown. If they turn brown, the cookie will be dry and ‘crackery’ instead of soft and chewy.
  8. Frost with your favorite Sugar Cookie Frosting and Enjoy!


When gathering up the dough scraps, wet your hands and then ‘knead’ the dough until it is soft and playdoh like again. This dough is great to work with, there is no such thing as over kneading this dough!

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