Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is making and decorating sugar cookies for Santa! Over my six years of motherhood I have baked many sugar cookies, but I am about to share with you my favorite cookie and icing recipe. Your littles and Santa will love these cookies!

If you follow this recipe you will get the perfect dough to use for soft- baked cutout sugar cookies. They hold their shape and taste amazing. The icing pairs wonderfully with the cookies and is very easy to make. Just add a drop or two of food coloring and create any color in the rainbow. I find that regular food coloring works better with this recipe than using the gel coloring.

Let’s get started!


Sugar Cookie-

  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter ( softened)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ½ cups flour

Cream Cheese Frosting-

  • ½ cup room temp unsalted butter
  • 8 oz cold cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk


Sugar Cookie Directions-

Cream then sugar, sour cream, butter, egg, and almond extract. Cream until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add in baking soda, salt, and flour.

Take your dough and roll it out on a floured surface. Roll dough out ¼- ½” thick. Cut dough into any shape. Place on an un-greased baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 5-8 minutes, until golden brown on bottom. Let cool before adding icing.

Cream Cheese Frosting Directions-

Mix the butter, cream cheese and almond extract until smooth, about 2 minutes. Slowly add in the powered sugar. Add in 1 tablespoon of milk to thin as needed. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Hope you enjoy this sugar cookie recipe! Don’t forget to follow our family on Instagram @mamaandarmylife

Happy Holidays!



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