Favorite Family Christmas Cookie Recipes

Baking holiday memories

Some of my favorite recipes to make with my kids are cookies. I find their attention is far less likely to wander when there is the promise of wielding a cookie cutter and sprinkles at the end. The holidays are the perfect time of year for baking up a bit of magic with your little ones. Pop in a holiday CD, slip on an apron and try out some of these simple but yummy recipes.

Favorite Family Sugar Cookies

Family Christmas Cookie RecipesWhat you need:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • Red and/or green colored sugar
  • Holiday themed cookie cutters

What you do:

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Add butter, milk, vanilla and eggs, and mix at low speed until well blended.
  3. Refrigerate, covered, for two hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350° and grease cookie sheet.
  5. Sprinkle flour on a clean, flat surface and roll out one half of dough to ¼” thick.
  6. With cookie cutters, cut out cookies and place them one inch apart on cookie sheet.
  7. Sprinkle lightly with colored sugar, and bake for 12 minutes.
  8. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely and repeat with remaining dough.

Cookie Icing Directions:

  • 5 cups icing sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 egg whites
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Raisins and candies (optional)
  • Icing bag and/or paintbrush
  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl and beat at low speed until just mixed, then turned blender to high and beat until stiff.
  2. If you like, divide icing into separate bowls and add food coloring.
  3. Decorate cookies using an icing bag or paintbrush, and add details with candies.
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About The Author

Mandy Webster
Mandy Webster is a writer at Ganz and the author of the middle grade Young Marian series, including A Viper in the Forest and Echoes in the Cavern. She’s also an artist and graphic designer whose work has been featured in InStyle, Redbook and Style at Home. A mother of three, Mandy has worked as an advertising copywriter as well as contributing to publications such as Playback, Strategy and Canada On Location.

22 Responses to Favorite Family Christmas Cookie Recipes

  1. patches2020 says:

    love love it

  2. haedol says:

    THANK YOU!!!

  3. honeybeelee says:

    These cookies look delicious!

  4. linda says:

    Great recipe for sugar cookies. Let’s start having some fun!

  5. Barb says:

    I wish I could get my kids not to fight over it!

  6. Melanie says:

    I agree that cookie baking can be a fun tradition. My girls look forward to a family baking day at their aunt’s house every year. We all gather there and make a whole day of it.

  7. Stephanie says:

    I gave my secret santa Christmas cookie cutters and this recipe. She and her kids loved making the cookies. Thank you!

  8. Kaiden says:

    What a great resource this text is.

  9. meginator52 says:


  10. grandkids9 says:

    going to make these cookies with the grandkids. We bake christmas cookies every year. there are 10 of them and they bring a few friends to help. Lots of fun