Recipes: Traditional Sugar Cookies...

My oldest daughter and I love to make holiday cookies right before Christmas. While we try our best to make the enviable photo-worthy roll & cutout variety we inevitably decide that classic rounds with sprinkles are every but as tasty! 

Our recipe is simple (as it should be), but don't be shy about just grabbing a mix from the store. After all, the gift is in the baking and bonding experience. Crispy and slightly overdone or a smidge underdone, the point is to stop and create a memory with a child, a sister, a mom, an aunt or a friend. Don't be afraid to roll your sleeves up and get a bit messy. Love isn't always neat and tidy after all. 

Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • cookie cutters (tip: simple shapes offer greatest chance for success!)

  • colorful sugar sprinkles of your choice


  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into Christmas-y shapes using cookie cutters. We love trees, simple snowflakes and stars the best. Add sprinkles as desired (we tend to go a bit overboard!) in festive gold, red and green. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely. Voila!

Prep time: 20 minutes. Cook time: 8 minutes.

We love these bagged & packaged as sweet gifts for family and friends. Bonus points if your children write on the gift tags themselves, as it adds to the spirit of giving. Merry Christmas to you all! xoxo