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Holding a decorated, Christmas tree-shaped cookie with a bite taken out of it.

Grandma’s Christmas Cookies – My Family’s Holiday Tradition

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli (adapted from Helen Henderson)
  • Prep Time: 75 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 23 minutes
  • Yield: About 6 dozen cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookie
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Traditional roll out sugar cookies are a Christmas dessert that keep my grandma’s memory alive. Break out the cookie cutters for these festive treats!



For Cookies:

For Icing:

For Decorating:

  • Food coloring
  • Sprinkles


For Cookies: In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Scrape down edges, add eggs, and beat until light and fluffy.

Add dry ingredients and beat until combined. Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Take 1 portion of dough out of the refrigerator. On a well floured surface, roll out to about 1/8” thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters, and place on uncreased cookie sheets, leaving a few inches in between each cookie.

Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to fully cool before icing.

For Icing: In a large bowl, stir together softened butter, powdered sugar, and milk until smooth. Divide into bowls and tint with food coloring, if desired.

Decorate cooled cookies with icing, adding sprinkles while the icing is still wet, if desired. Let dry completely before storing in an airtight container.


If icing is too thick, add a splash more milk. If it’s too thin, add another sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Recipe yield varies depending on the size of your cookie cutters and how thickly you roll out the dough.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 92
  • Sugar: 9.1 g
  • Sodium: 37.6 mg
  • Fat: 3.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 16.8 mg

Keywords: cookie, Christmas, grandma, Christmas cookies

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