The BEST Christmas cookies ever start and end with this soft, crispy, easy cookie recipe. Decorate them however you like and you have the perfect gift for neighbors and friends! Read on to learn how to make this quick yet delicious recipe!
The BEST Christmas Cookies Ever
Baking a big batch of traditional Christmas cookies is one of our favorite family traditions. It’s just not Christmas if we don’t get out the cookie cutters and bake Christmas deliciousness with our kids. You don’t have to buy them at the store, you can save a lot of money by making them yourself! This is a great way to spend an afternoon with your kids. Try these traditional Christmas cookies or one of our delicious Christmas cookie recipes below!
Types of Christmas Cookies
Everyone has a different image in their mind when they hear “Christmas cookies”. I think of colorful sugar cookies with sprinkles. Others may think of sliced ice cream cookies or cookies with Christmas M&Ms. What is the “perfect Christmas cookie” for me may be something completely different for you. Or maybe you’re looking for a new recipe to make your favorite cookies.
How to get clean edges on Christmas cookies
I wish I could claim this tip for myself, because it really is a great baking trick. Full credit goes to Allie from Baking a Moment. She suggests adding a little cornstarch to get the edges just right. She’s the first person I’ve ever heard of who has done this, and it worked beautifully! I substituted a 1/2 cup of flour in my original sugar cookie recipe (our original recipe calls for 3 1/2 cups of flour) for some cornstarch, and it worked like a dream, and I will always make cookie cutters this way from now on! I give her full credit for this genius idea, and highly recommend visiting her website for more genius baking hacks (and incredibly delicious looking desserts and treats).
How to roll out your cookie dough evenly
Use a rolling pin with guides that allow you to roll out the dough evenly (this one is my favorite). I like the ones where you can adjust the thickness by removing and reinserting the different sized rings. That way you can make them any thickness you want. I prefer it a little thicker, so I like to use the 3/8 ring when rolling out cookie dough.
What do I need to decorate Christmas cookies?
– Cookie cutters for Christmas cookies
– Piping bags (reusable or disposable)
– Couplers for piping tips
– Decorating tips – I used a Wilton #3 round piping tip for the outlines – you can buy them on Amazon (here) for about $1, or at any craft store
– gel food colouring
– Squeeze bottles – you can get these on Amazon, at Walmart, or at any craft store for about $1 each.
– Toothpicks – they’ll help you fill in the tiny gaps and smooth out the icing.
– Christmas sprinkles – get creative and have fun with all kinds of sprinkles you can find!