Christmas Sugar Cookies (Best Sugar Cookie Recipe)

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Christmas Sugar Cookies(aka Santa’s favorite cookies) are soft sugar cutout cookies, festively decorated with sweet icing. This recipes checks all the boxes, making it the BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe ever! We call this easy sugar cookie recipe SANTA’S FAVORITE COOKIE RECIPE because it’s simple, classic, fluffy, and delicious. We love to decorate them with the kids to leave under the tree for Santa. 

Cute baby eating the best sugar cookie recipe

Easy Christmas Sugar Cookies for Santa

This is the best sugar cookie recipe! We call it Santa’s favorite cookie because we know he’d love them just as much as we do. They’re the perfect Christmas Sugar Cookies!

Santa’s Favorite Cookies has been debated for the past….1500 years or so. Santa has been treating kids, and in return, he receives the best cookies under the tree. Cookies come in all shapes and forms, but Santa has to have a favorite, right? I happen to think this easy sugar cookie recipe with powdered sugar icing is his favorite, and why wouldn’t it be?!

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe is made with love, it’s fluffy and delicious, and it’s oh so simple. I know when he rolls up under our tree this Christmas, he will be pretty darn excited to get these Christmas Sugar Cookies, made by this cute little 9-month-old, Henry Liam.

Bake the Best Sugar Cookie Recipe with your little ones this Christmas. These Christmas sugar cookies are sure to be Santa’s Favorite Cookies!

candy cane cut out sugar cookies on a cooling rack. Half are decorated with red and white icing

Christmas Sugar Cookies: red and white striped candy cane shaped sugar cookies on a cooling rack

photo collage of a 9 month old baby boy wearing red and white striped pajamas decorating red and white candy cane Christmas cookies with his grandma

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe 

The best sugar cookie recipe is so easy to make, that everyone can join in on this one. Kids always want to help bake cookies for Santa, and with this easy sugar cookie recipe, there’s no reason they can’t.

This was the first time Henry has tasted a cookie let alone helped MAKE a cookie. We went over to Doozie’s house to make these Christmas sugar cookies because no one makes better cookies than Grandma. To say Henry was having a great time would be a major understatement. He “helped” as much as he could, licked as much sugar as he could, and was in heaven.

When little children help make cookies for Santa…I have to think those are his favorite. And when they’re made with CRISCO® All-Vegetable Shortening meaning less spread in the oven, thick fluffy cookies, and unbelievable flavor; you just KNOW they’re his favorite.

You might remember me working with Crisco last month on my favorite Double Chocolate Sugar Cookies. They’re a great variation of a classic but you just can’t beat the original. MMM!

Baby in red and white striped onesie, eating the best sugar cookies

photo collage of Santa's favorite sugar cookies and a baby boy sampling them

making Christmas sugar cookies: baby's hand reaching down toward a cooling rack full of candy cane cut out Christmas cookies

Christmas Sugar Cookies Ingredients

Christmas Sugar cookies require basic ingredients that you probably already have at home if you like to bake. This easy sugar cookie recipe requires the following ingredients:

  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening
  • Pillsbury All-Purpose Flour

How do you make sugar cookies from scratch?

Baking anything from scratch always seems a bit daunting at first, but don’t worry, making this sugar cookie recipe is easy!

  1. Gather your ingredients (listed above)
  2. Beat sugar & shortening with a mixer in large bowl
  3. Add in the egg, milk, and vanilla extract
  4. Combine baking powder, salt, & flour, then gradually add into mixture
  5. Let the dough chill for 1 hour
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  7. Roll the dough on floured surface into 1/8 in thick
  8. Cut the dough with cookie cutters
  9. Place cookies onto baking sheets 1-inch apart
  10. Bake 5-9 minutes

This fun and easy sugar cookie recipe really is simple to make!

For full details and instructions to make these Christmas Sugar Cookies, please see the recipe card below.

baby boy and his grandma share a Christmas cookie. Frosting sits on the baby's upper lip

adorable blond haired baby boy in red and white striped Christmas pajamas with sugar cookie frosting on his lips

baby boy and grandma enjoying iced Christmas cookies and 2 striped candy cane cookies on a plate for Santa

Holiday Sugar Cookies

This Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe is always a huge hit. You should have seen how this baby was going after these cookies. I’ve created a monster. But his mother is a food blogger so it is what it is. I love my little cookie monster.

Once you taste the best sugar cookie recipe, you’ll know why they’re Santa’s Favorite Cookie. Do Santa a favor this year and make him a batch of these Christmas sugar cookies. Doesn’t he deserve it?!

blond haired baby boy in his red and white striped Christmas pajamas as he licks sugar cookie frosting from his fingers

Christmas Sugar Cookies: candy cane shaped sugar cookies on a plate under the Christmas tree

The kids are gonna love this easy sugar cookie recipe just as much as Santa does! I know you guys will have so much fun making them.

See the recipe card below for details on How to Make The BEST Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER. Enjoy!

If you loved these Christmas Sugar Cookies, you’ll love these other cookie recipes too:

Find all of the BEST Christmas Cookies in our Holiday Cookie Guide!


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