Soft Christmas Cookies

When I was growing up, we made frosted sugar cookies almost every Christmas. I haven’t made them in a while but decided to bake some this year. I searched for a recipe similar to what we used to make, and found this Soft Christmas Cookies recipe by Georgie Bowers posted at All Recipes. Some of the All Recipes reviewers made a few suggested adaptations to the recipe, so I followed them and added some extra changes of my own, and the cookies turned out wonderful. Below is the modified recipe (go here for the original) for your enjoyment!


You will need:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla extract



Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the flour ingredients until fully absorbed. Cover dough, and chill for 2+ hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets. On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to 1/4 or 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.

Bake in the preheated oven until center is cooked and edges are just BARELY starting to turn brown (for me this was 15 minutes but I had huge cookies, so start at 8 minutes and keep checking them from there). Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

Once they are cool, frost with icing and decorate with sprinkles. I used a simple homemade frosting made of softened butter, confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla extract, whipped with a handheld mixer until light and fluffy.




  1. Thanks for this delicious recipe. i will sure try out this one.

  2. looks yummy! I’m always looking for new cookie recipes, will try this one!

  3. thanks for the recipe! i love soft xmas cookies, they are the best!

  4. i like this one can we copy t hem

  5. Those look so good. Thanks for the receipe.

  6. These look delicious! I’m going to try it with some egg replacer (we have food allergies here) and see how well it holds up. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Sari Berry says:

    I love soft cookies and that you can decorate them however you want!

  8. Lauren McMasters says:

    Love baking Christmas cookies. We bake tons every year, maybe we will try this recipe next year :)

  9. yum i always have a hard time making sugar cookies this looks easy ill have to try this for V-day

  10. Mary Michaud says:

    yummy, these look delicious. i might make them for valentine’s day, thank you!

  11. Looks so good! :)

  12. Looks good, my son would have fun decorating these.

  13. These cookies look absolutely delicious! Even though it’s not Christmas, is it still okay to make these cookies? And they sound super easy to make, too. That’s right up my alley!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe, I appreciate it!

  14. these are very festive and easy to make. Will have to try them sometime!

  15. Karina Lee says:

    i’ll have to make these with my daughter sometime

  16. Awesome delicious recipe! Love sugar cookies.

  17. These look delicious! I’m going to print and save for next Christmas (or for some random time throughout the year when i feel like making cookies!). “Soft” cookies are awesome so I’m excited to try this out!

  18. great recipe! Love a soft cookie in a world where most are so hard :)

  19. Lexi Conklin says:

    my whole family loves crunchy cookies i am the only one who likes soft ones so its up to me to make my own! this recipe will be perfect :)

  20. wow they look great wish i could make them like that

  21. Nikki Waring says:

    This is awesome! I was looking for a cookie recipe. I’m bored with all of ours. I’l be trying this tonight

  22. Seraphina Smith says:

    This sounds so good and simple… I pinned it :)

  23. def will try this even though its not christmas cookies are still delicious cookies! :D

  24. I’ve been looking for a soft sugar cookie recipe! Can find the cookies at the store, but wanted to make them myself!

  25. Andrea Amy says:

    I am going to have to remember this post come christmas time. I always lose my cookie recipes and these look like great ones to make with the kids :)

  26. Hey there… I know this is a little late.. since those are Christmas Cookies.. but Hey..I can do this for 4th of July.. I never knew how to make these.. Thank you. :) Judith

  27. commenting on a non-giveaway blog post :) These cookies look delicious, and I can’t wait to try them with my kids!

  28. Cindy B says:

    Is it wrong that I want to make these now for my impending birth? These look super yum and I’m bookmarking… if I have time and energy that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

  29. These look great! I might have to try them today :)

  30. nicole lewis says:

    i am going to try this, our sugar cookies always come out hard :(

  31. Delicious! My grandson would love decorating the cookies with me!

  32. I’ve always hated making sugar cookies because they always come out dense or crispy. I’m bookmarking this recipe because I think I can pull it off. Thanks for sharing!

  33. Im always looking for recipes and this one is super easy! thanks so much. Will definitely be making these with the kids for the holiday :)

  34. This is exactly the type of cookie recipie I was looking for! I’m going to be trying it because I don’t care for the sugar cookie recipe I’m currently using.

  35. marissa lee says:

    They look too pretty to eat…have to make this with my sister during the holidays…thank you for sharing.

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