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Christmas Sugar Cookies


Classic sugar cookie dough with the colors of Christmas scattered through out and cut out into Christmas shapes like a star, snowman, and Christmas tree.

This post I had a little helper with making the cookie dough and cutting out the dough into the Christmas shapes, my niece. When I asked her if she wanted to make cookies she was really excited. I might have a future baker in my family.



I have made two other sugar cookie recipes in a previous post, here are the links to other recipes. Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie and Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies.
A little funny note, when I made this recipe it actually was Winter weather where I live it actually snowed if you saw my last post, Maple Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars. I put the butter out for the recipe the night before around 7 and the next day about 18 hours later the butter was still cold.

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

Time

Prepping: 15 to 20 minutes
Chilling: 3 hours to 18 hours
Baking: 8 minutes

Yields: About 24 cookies

Ingredients 

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened
5 1/2 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour, plus a little for cutting cookies and rolling
2 cups Granulated Sugar
3 eggs, room temperature 
1 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 1/2 tablespoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1 1 oz Red Gel Food Coloring, I used Wilton No-Taste Red
1/2 1 oz Green Gel Food Coloring, I used Wilton Leaf Green
Waxpaper or Clingwrap
Cookie Cutters
Disposable Gloves

1.In a large bowl, cream together softened butter and sugar for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add sea salt, baking powder and one egg. Mix together then slowly add in two cups of flour. Scrap down the sides.
2. In two more rounds, add one egg with two cups of flour then the last egg and last 1 1/2 cups of flour.
3. The dough maybe a little crumble but that is okay. Lay a piece of waxpaper with a little flour or clingwrap on a clean surface. Tip bowl over with cookie dough and form into a balls.  Divide into 3 separate bowls. Making a one large dough ball and two smaller ones. Wrap it and place in refrigerator for 1 hour or freezer for 30 minutes.
4. Once the dough has chilled for the first time, place another layer of waxpaper or clingwrap on a clean surface. Remove the two smaller dough balls and leave in the large one in the refrigerator or freezer.
5. Put on gloves, press thumb on the top of the dough then add half of the red food coloring to one of the dough balls. Press the two sides of the dough together then message the dough until the color is even though out. I used the whole tube of red food coloring and maybe half of the green.
6. Place both dough balls back into refrigerator and let chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. If leaving in overnight take dough out for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
7. Cutting cookies: place another piece of waxpaper or clingwrap on clean surface. Divide the red and green dough balls in half. Tear apart and scatter white cookie dough first then the red and green. Lay another piece of waxpaper or clingwrap on top of dough then roll dough into a 1/4 inch thick. Place into refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
8. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper. Press cookies out with a little flour on the cookie cutters. Bake for 8 minutes or until light golden brown. Rotate pans halfway through baking.
9. Let cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes then remove to a wired rack. Let the cookies cool completely until consuming or decorating.
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Comments

  1. How fun are these? Love the mixing of colors, don't know why I've not tried this before.

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  2. Those cookies are so festive! I bet your little helper had a great time being the assistant!

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  3. These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so tempting. Love the little Christmas tree ones. My daughter would relish these.

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  4. These are so festive for the holidays!

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  5. These are so colorful! I'm a total sucker for sugar cookies, so sign me up.

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  6. They all look so good, and easy to make. Love the tye-dye look of the stars!

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  7. These are so lovely!! I'm going to add this to my extensive baking must-dos for the Christmas season! I know all the kids at Christmas dinner are going to love the fun colours of these cookies. :)

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  8. These are so colorful and they look delicious! :) I would love to try some!

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  9. i love how they are so colorful that makes it so christmassy. Keep up the good work! :D

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  10. looks like a great recipe - I love the red & green going through the cookie - what a great festive touch

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  11. We just made sugar cookies this past weekend! I love that these are colorful and not overly decorated with colored sugar and other decorations.

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  12. I love how vibrant those cookie colors are! Mine always turn out in pastels. I'll try the Wilton colors next time. It's always fun to have little hands in the kitchen. I cannot wait till my nieces are old enough to do that!

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  13. These are so cool! My son loves tie-dye stuff and would love these!

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  14. Wow! Looks like you guys had a ton of fun, these are so colorful! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  15. You are so creative - these look incredibly delicious and festive. Can't wait to try out your recipe! <3

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  16. Thee cookies look so cute and you have managed to get the perfect colors. Working with kids so much fun!

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  17. Love how festive these are! And what a neat idea to involve your little one.

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  18. The cookies look so cute yummy! These are perfect gift ideas for the holiday season! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  19. Those are so colourful! Will have to try making these! Such lovely Christmas colours!

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  20. These cookies look so perfect. I like the way you shaped them.

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  21. I love how these have a marble effect - so artsy!

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  22. These look so good, and I love the marbelized design. Perfect treat for the holidays!

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  23. Wow! My daughter would love to have it! I'll make sure to bring home this to her!

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  24. These are such fun and colorful cookies, perfect for the festive season.

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  25. Yummy! Sugar cookies are one of my favs. I look forward to my grandma's cookies all year.

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  26. I love sugar cookies at Christmas! I am going to step away from my traditional recipe and try yours out this year to shake things up a little!

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  27. I'm about to be knee deep (maybe neck deep) in cookies galore this weekend, as we have a massive cookie party. Looking at your delightfully festive and colorful cookies, I'm thinking they would be so fun to make!

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  28. What a cool idea! Can’t wait to make these with my kids!

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  29. These look so fun and festive! Love your recipes!

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  30. Thank you for sharing this recipe. The cookies look delicious

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