Grandma’s Christmas Sugar Cookies are a soft, buttery treat that will become a new holiday favorite.
Everyone will love these wonderfully soft, festive Christmas sugar cookies! Prepare a batch of this super easy sugar cookie dough, sprinkle the cookie balls with colorful powdered sugar, and then sit back and enjoy the cozy smell of cookie baking.
- Preparation time 10 minutes
- Baking time 10 minutes
- Total time 2 hours 20 minutes
- Servings 36 cookies
½ cup salted butter, softened
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1½ cups sugar
2 large eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
red and green powdered sugar
Place butter, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extract in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat until light and fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Turn the hand mixer to low speed and beat the ingredients until they form a soft dough.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. Once the dough has been chilled for 2 hours, remove it from the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Portion the dough with a 1-inch cookie scoop and roll into 1-inch dough balls with your hands. Place the balls on the parchment paper lined baking sheet, spacing them at least 1 inch apart.
Form a criss-cross pattern with a fork and press lightly into the cookie dough.
Sprinkle the sugar with green or red sugar.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Be careful not to over bake the cookies. They should not brown around the edges. The cookies should be soft, and they should look a little underbaked when you take them out of the oven.
Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool further.