The Best Recipes for Christmas Cookies


Are you ready for the best recipes for Christmas cookies? Today, I joined with twenty-four bloggers to share our best recipes.

There are so many fabulous cookie recipes here today, and I can’t wait to make them all!

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Don’t be shocked but this is my first ever attempt to make and decorate with Royal Icing. I was a bit nervous since I was trying something new and I wanted to share my favorite lemon sugar cookie recipe. I am pleased to say it was really fun and not near as hard as I thought it would be! Which was a huge relief since this really is one of the best recipes for Christmas cookies.

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I make sugar cookies for our Christmas party every year. This recipe is a great sugar cookie recipe and can be used with any cookie cutter. And it contains a hint of lemon that really makes these cookies delicious.

The recipe is very simple to make.

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I decided to use my new favorite tree shaped cookie cutter. It’s a somewhat free-form tree and I love it! I have already used this cutter to make clay Christmas ornaments, so I decided it’s time to make cookies you can eat!

baking christmas cookies

When you bake these, be sure not to burn them. 

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I made the Royal Icing recipe and I did the 10-second knife test to make sure it was the right consistency for “filling the frosting”. The test is done by dragging the tip of a knife across your frosting, about 1″ deep. If the surface of the icing smooths over in roughly ten seconds, then it’s ready for use. What’s so great about this icing is you can use the same icing for the outline and for the filling in.

I used an icing tip to outline the edge. And yes, my lines are not perfect. Far from it.

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Next, I filled the insides with the same icing and shook the cookies lightly to get the icing to smooth over.

royal icing 10 second rule

Because this was my first attempt at royal icing, I opted to “decorate my cookies” by only adding polka dots (which are ornaments). I used the same icing and added the dots immediately on top of the green icing.

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How amazing are these? I love how they came out.

Yield: 16 cookies

The Best Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are light and flaky and have a slight taste of lemon. I love how they taste!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • Sugar Cookies
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoons milk
  • 1 TBL lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Royal Icing
  • 5 tbl warm water
  • 3 TBL Meringue Powder (with vanilla)
  • 4 cups Powdered sugar


    Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl.
    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream
    butter, and sugar; add dry ingredients, and mix until incorporated. With the mixer running, add egg, milk, lemon, and vanilla; mix until incorporated.

    Transfer dough to a work surface. Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate
    for at least 1 hour.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or
    parchment paper; set aside.

    On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut
    into desired shapes, and transfer to prepared baking sheets, leaving an inch in
    between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more.

    Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes; do not allow to brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

    To make Royal Icing, beat all ingredients together until icing forms peaks (about 8 minutes with a heavy-duty mixer, 10 - 12 minutes with a hand mixer). Add additional water until the desired thickness.

    If you want the icing to outline and fill then use the 10-second rule. The test is done by dragging the tip of a knife across your frosting, about 1" deep. If the surface of the icing smooths over in roughly ten seconds, then it's ready for use.

    What's so great about this thicker icing is you can use the same icing for the outline and for the filling in.

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Aren’t these adorable? 

And how fun is it that my first attempt with Royal Icing actually worked?

Ok, wait. There were a couple of “duds”. I tried to add some straight lines and connected dots and unfortunately, they didn’t look good. I would show you my “rejects” but Dave ate them. My “duds” are usually the only cookies that are allowed to be eaten on the first day of baking. The truth is, duds keep my husband happy.

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I let the cookies dry overnight and now they are ready to be included in my best recipes for Christmas cookies!

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Pin the image below to your Cooking or holiday baking boards on Pinterest (just click the Pin button in the top left corner). You can also follow along with me on Pinterest!

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Check out all of these amazing Christmas cookie recipes. Your holiday baking wishes are all included here!

Double Chocolate Junior Mint Cookies by Ella Claire & Co. | Snowball Cookies with Pecans by Live Laugh Rowe | Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by Boxwood Avenue | Chocolate Covered Peppermint Cookies by Rooms for Rent.

Pie Cookies by Handmade Farmhouse | Linzer Cookies by Inspired by Charm | Pistachio Cardamom Butter Cookies by The Chronicles of Home | Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies by Anderson + Grant

Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies by Jenna Kate at Home | Iced Peanut Butter Cookies by Maison de Pax | Caramel Thumbprint Snickerdoodles by Summer Adams | Peanut Butter Cookie Cups by Town and Country Living

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies by French Country Cottage | Reindeer Cookies by Shabbyfufu | Chocolate Chip Cookies by Happy Happy Nester | Gluten/Dairy Free Spritz Christmas Cookies by Zevy Joy

Pecan Tassies by On Sutton Place | Snowball Cookies by Julie Blanner | Braided Sugar Cookie Stick by Tidbits | Sugar Cookie Trees by My 100 Year Old Home

Gooey Butter Christmas Cookies by Tidy Mom | Toasted Coconut Einkron Cookies by Farmhouse on Boone | Christmas Candy (M&M) Cookies by Nina Hendrick | White Chocolate Peppermint Oreos by My Sweet Savannah

Praline Snickerdoodles by So Much Better with Age
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  1. These are adorable and look so delicious, love the hint of lemon! Couple quick questions if you have time. I wondered how many cut outs roughly this recipe makes? I realize each cutter will vary but a general idea would be great, thank you! Also, I tried to pin this where you have the symbol but it’s not working for me (I even tried going to your Pinterest board and searched but couldn’t find it. Any ideas as that’s how I archive my favorite recipes? Thanks SO much in advance, can’t wait to try them! Merry Christmas!

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