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Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

A Christmas sugar cookie recipe that the whole family can bake, decorate and enjoy this holiday season. Learn more.

Updated May 6, 2021

by Nina Spears

The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert

Christmas is almost here! You’ve done all of your shopping, wrapped all of the Christmas presents (or most of them), and now it’s time to savor the final days before Christmas. A favorite family tradition for many families is baking cookies. A popular Christmas recipe to bake is sugar cookies. Who doesn’t love decorating a sugar cookie?! What makes it fun is that the kids can help make the dough and then they get to make a masterpiece with their icing and sprinkle skills. It’s definitely a tradition that we like to do every year. This year we’re sharing a soft Christmas sugar cookie recipe that is easy to make and requires no refrigeration steps. Woohoo! Santa might not want to share these cookies so be sure to make enough for everyone to enjoy. 😉

Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves


1. In a large mixing bowl, put in your shortening and sugar and mix together with a mixer.

Adding ingredients to a clear bowl to make Christmas sugar cookies

2. Once blended, add the egg, plain yogurt and vanilla and mix well.

Adding ingredients to a clear bowl to make Christmas sugar cookies

3. Next, add dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda and ground cloves. Mix until combined.

Adding ingredients to a clear bowl to make Christmas sugar cookies

4. Flour a clean, flat surface that you can roll out the dough and lightly flour your rolling pin.

Flouring a kitchen counter to begin rolling dough.

5. Lightly flour the dough so that it doesn’t stick to any of the surfaces and roll out about 1/4 inch thick. (You can make them thicker or thinner but be sure to adjust the baking time accordingly.)

Flouring the dough and rolling it out on a kitchen counter.

6. Use your cookie cutters and cut the dough into your desired shapes. (Lightly knead the leftover dough together and repeat until you’ve used all of it and have none left over. The more you knead the dough the tougher it gets so if you can lightly knead, it’s recommended.)

Using cookie cutter to cut the cookie dough.

7. Place your cookie cuttings onto a greased or lined sheet pan and back at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes. The cookies should be light and dry in color and barely browned on the bottom when done.

Taking cookies out of the oven and setting them on the kitchen counter to begin decorating.

I then made my own icing and had some light sprinkles and colored icing on a plate ready for my son and I to decorate.

Making icing for the Christmas sugar cookies.

Decorating the cookies is honestly ever kid’s favorite part (minus eating some of the cookie dough and eating the final product)! Make the cookies as festive or simple as you’d like. My toddler likes to get crazy with the icing and sprinkles and I totally let him. It’s all about creating fun holiday memories, right? 🙂

A mom and toddler son decorating Christas sugar cookies.
A mom and toddler son decorating Christas sugar cookies.
A mom and toddler son eating Christmas sugar cookies.

Merry Christmas to you all and cheers to a yummy Christmas sugar cookie recipe that we hope you and your family (and Santa) enjoy!

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Nina is The Baby Chick® & Editor-in-Chief of Baby Chick®. She received her baby planning certification in early 2011 and began attending births that same year. Since then, Nina has… Read more

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