This Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe Will Make Your Christmas Cookie Dreams Come True

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins

If there’s one recipe you 100 percent need to crank out some seriously beautiful holiday treats, it’s the classic, basic sugar cookie. Some of the most intricately ordained, masterpiece cookies (like millennial pink ornaments, jolly reindeer, and llamas) begin with a simple foundation. Let’s start with this recipe we love for a vanilla-bean-speckled version that’s sure to hold its own under all that royal icing.

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(Recipe via Vickie Liu; photos via Brittany Griffin/Brit + Co)

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Easy Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

Total time: 50 mins
Serves 40

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  • 1 cup butter (room temperature + cubed)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour



Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add vanilla bean and egg. Mix until just incorporated. Stop mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.


Gradually add flour (you may not need the full three cups), and mix until dough forms and pulls away from the bowl. Divide dough into two even discs and wrap in cling wrap, then refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.


When ready to roll dough, pre-heat oven to 350°F and line baking trays with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.


Using a rolling pin, roll cookie dough between two pieces of parchment paper to 1/4-inch in thickness, and use cookie cutters to cut out cookie shapes.


Transfer cookies to a baking tray using a lightly floured spatula. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes before baking.


Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or when edges begin to brown. The time will be dependent on size and thickness of cookies.


Allow to cool on tray until warm to touch, then transfer onto a wire cooling rack before decorating.

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