Santa’s Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes
The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe (aka Santa's favorite cookies) are soft sugar cutout cookies, festively decorated with sweet icing. This Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe checks all the boxes! 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.
For the Cookies
- 1 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups Pillsbury BEST™ All Purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Icing
- 4 c. Powdered Sugar - sifted
- 3 T. Corn Syrup
- 3 T. Milk or water
- 1/2 t. Almond Extract - can use Vanilla Extract
- Food coloring
- 1/4 c corn syrup and 1/4 c. water mixed together and set aside
Beat shortening and sugar in large bowl with mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla until well blended.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Gradually add to shortening mixture on low speed until blended. Divide dough into three pieces. Wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.
Heat oven to 375ºF. Roll 1 piece of dough at a time on lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut dough with 2 to 3-inch floured cookie cutters. Place 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 5 to 9 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool 2 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired.
For the Icing
Sift the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl.
Combine the corn syrup, milk (or water), and flavoring.
Turn the mixer on low until everything is moist - scrape the bowl often.
Turn the mixer to medium and mix until everything is well blended and smooth.
(a little more syrup/water mixture might be needed at this point)
DECORATING TIP: We don't have the white and red stripes touch because they'll eventually bleed into each other as the cookies sit. I love the separated stripes for a fun and clean look!
Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 125g | Protein: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 92mg | Sugar: 99g | Vitamin A: 0.4% | Calcium: 3.2% | Iron: 8.9%