Quick and Easy Sugar Cookies for Christmas

classic sugar cookies dusted in Christmas sanding sugar

When it comes to making, baking, and eating cookies, there’s something magical about the right kind of sugar cookies. They’re light, chewy, and the perfect cookie because you can decorate them for any and every occasion. I’ve spent a good deal of time tracking down, testing, and trying recipes, including this one. Because, when you find the perfect one, you stick with it. And you share it with your friends because there’s nothing worse than a bad sugar cookie.

But, because the holidays are fast approaching, let’s make sure that they’re the perfect Christmas cookie, shall we?

The Perfect Sugar Cookies for Christmas

Now, while I love decorating Christmas cookies as much as the next gal, there’s an easier way to decorate your cookies. Plus, there’s a whole lot less mess. And that’s whether your kids help or you park them in front of yet another Christmas movie. In any case, my kids love getting to help decorate these cookies – and I love that it’s simple and looks beautiful when done. I also love that there’s no icing involved, but that’s mostly because then I’m not tempted to sneak tastes of it while I’m baking.

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Yield: 48 cookies

Perfectly Delicious Sugar Cookies

classic sugar cookies dusted in Christmas sanding sugar

These are the perfect sugar cookies - they're soft, chewy, and holiday ready! Oh, and they don't require hours to chill - they're fast and easy to make. They're dusted with Christmas sanding sugar, although you could skip that, roll them out, cut out holiday shapes, and decorate them with icing, instead.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes


  • 1.5 cup unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1.5 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4.5 cup flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 container Christmas sanding sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. You could line your cookie trays with parchment, but join the cookie revolution! Instead, use these amazing silicone baking sheets. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Set it aside for now.
  3. Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. sugar and butter
  4. Add in the eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly mixed. sugar cookie dough in progress
  5. Mix in the vanilla.
  6. Slowly, add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well so that it's very thoroughly combined.
  7. Use my favorite cookie scoop to make evenly-sized balls of dough. With that scoop, you'll barely need to roll them.
  8. Put that ball on the cookie sheet, and repeat until all the dough is molded into balls. sugar cookie dough on cookie tray
  9. Pour the sanding sugar into a large bowl. sugar cookie dough with Christmas color sanding sugar
  10. Roll each dough ball through the sanding sugar and place it back onto the cookie sheet. Cookies should be spaced 2-3 inches away from each other. sugar cookie dough in sanding sugar
  11. Once all of the dough balls have been coated in the sanding sugar, use your palm to lightly push the balls down. They should now be a thick disk shape. sugar cookie dough covered in sanding sugar on a cookie tray
  12. Bake in the preheated oven for 11-13 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  13. Allow cookies to cool, then enjoy with a tall glass of milk or eggnog!


The sugar cookies should be slightly underbaked when removed from the oven. This is on purpose - they'll continue to firm up as they cool. So pull them out just as they begin to brown, or they'll overbake and get hard.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 122Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 23mgSodium 77mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 2g

Easiest (and Yummiest) Sugar Cookies Ever! Enjoy!

Easy peasy, right? No chilling dough, forgetting it’s there, and then desperately hoping it’ll still turn into good-tasting cookies. You just bake them right up and enjoy them right then. Or, you can serve them up on a plate to family, friends, or neighbors this holiday season.

Final Notes on Baking Cookies:

Stop struggling to make regularly-shaped cookies with the most amazing cookie scoops ever.

Revolutionize baking cookies! Get my favorite silicone baking mats and never buy parchment paper again.

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