It seems like I make a lot of bold statements lately but this recipe is truly for The Best Christmas Cookies Ever.  It’s actually the same recipe I use for Halloween cookies, Valentine’s Day cookies, and whenever I am in the mood for a great sugar cookie.  I love this recipe so much that it is the best for me!

Snowflake cookies
The Best Christmas Cookies Ever

This recipe calls for all the traditional sugar cookie ingredients, sugar, eggs, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, flour, and baking powder. But a little heavy whipping cream is a secret ingredient that makes these cookies expand.   The Best Christmas Cookies Ever can also be made any other time of the year.  Maybe for Halloween, Easter or a birthday party.

Ingredients for the Best Christmas Cookies Ever

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Heavy whipping Cream

Cookie dough

How to Make the Cookies

  1.  In a stand mixer bowl, add the softened butter and sugar and mix until it’s light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time. When you add the second egg, also add the vanilla. Continue the mixer until it’s all incorporated.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together.  Add half of the flour mixture to the stand mixer bowl until combined. Add the heavy cream until it’s incorporated.  Add the second half of the flour mixture until all combined.
  3. Take the cookie dough out of the mixer and flatten. You need to make sure you add flour to the surface you use to flatten the dough. It will keep it from sticking.  Once flatten, roll it up in parchment paper or plastic wrap.  Put in refrigerator for 2-3 hours until firm.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. When you are ready to cut out your cookies, put flour on your surface again to make sure the dough doesn’t stick.  Flatten out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick.  Use your cookie cutters to make the cookies and place on parchment paper on your baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges start to brown.  Let cool before icing.

Notes

  • I used these snowflake cookie cut-outs for this batch of cookies. But you can use just about any cut-out for this recipe.  And it’s perfect for Halloween, Easter, and any other special holiday that calls for cookies.
  • Sifting the flour and baking powder is really a must for this recipe.  It opens things up and makes the cookies nice and fluffy.
  • Keeping the cookie dough in the fridge for 2-4 hours is the minimum amount of time to allow the dough to set.  You can also keep it overnight if you want to make the cookies the following day.
  • The icing recipe is just as easy.  Here it is:

Vanilla Cookie Icing

3 cups Powdered Sugar

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla

1 tablespoon Milk

Mix the powdered sugar and softened butter together with a hand mixer.  Stir in the vanilla and milk and you are ready.  You can add another tablespoon of milk if the mixture isn’t soft enough.

Cookies being frosted

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The Best Christmas Cookies Ever

If you are looking for a simple holiday cookie recipe, look no further.  The Best Christmas Cookies Ever is a wonderful, easy recipe for the holiday season.

Course Dessert
Keyword christmas cookies, cookies, sugar cookies
Prep Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 3 3/4 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Instructions

  1.  In a stand mixer bowl, add the softened butter and sugar and mix until it's light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time. When you add the second egg, also add the vanilla. Continue the mixer until it's all incorporated

  2. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together.  Add half of the flour mixture to the stand mixer bowl until combined. Add the heavy cream until its incorporated.  Add the second half of the flour mixture until all combined

  3. Take the cookie dough out of the mixer and flatten. You need to make sure you add flour to the surface you use to flatten the dough. It will keep it from sticking.  Once flatten, roll it up in parchment paper or plastic wrap.  Put in refrigerator for 2-3 hours until firm

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

  5. When you are ready to cut out your cookies, put flour on your surface again to make sure the dough doesn't stick.  Flatten out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick.  Use your cookie cutters to make the cookies and place on parchment paper on your baking sheet.

  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges start to brown.  Let cool before icing.

Recipe Notes

  • I used these snowflake cookie cut-outs for this batch of cookies. But you can use just about any cut-out for this recipe.  And it's perfect for Halloween, Easter, and any other special holiday that calls for cookies.
  • Sifting the flour and baking powder is really a must for this recipe.  It opens things up and makes the cookies nice and fluffy.
  • Keeping the cookie dough in the fridge for 2-4 hours is the minimum amount of time to allow the dough to set.  You can also keep it overnight if you want to make the cookies the following day.
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