It seems like I make a lot of bold statements lately but this recipe is truly for The Best Christmas Cookies Ever. It’s actually the same recipe I use for Halloween cookies, Valentine’s Day cookies and whenever I am in the mood for a great sugar cookie. I love this recipe so much that it is the best for me!
This recipe calls for all the traditional sugar cookie ingredients, sugar, eggs, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, flour, and baking powder. But this recipe calls for heavy whipping cream to make up the cookie dough.
Once the dough is ready, it gets rolled up in some parchment paper for 2-3 hours to harden. When it’s ready, use whatever cookie cutters you have to make up the cookies.
I used these snowflake cookie cut-outs for this batch of cookies. It just felt right with all this cool weather headed our way. We don’t get a lot of snow here in Texas and we don’t expect any during this cold front either, so it’s nice to dream of snow even if it is in a cookie.
The cookies bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges start to brown. Let them cool and start the icing process. I actually used a simple recipe for a cookie icing.
Vanilla Cookie Icing
3 cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 cup Butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 tablespoon Milk
Mix the powdered sugar and softened butter together with a hand mixer. Stir in the vanilla and milk and you are ready. You can add another tablespoon of milk if the mixture isn’t soft enough.
The Best Christmas Cookies Ever
If you are looking for a simple holiday cookie recipe, look no further. The Best Christmas Cookies Ever is a wonderful, easy recipe for the holiday season.
- 1 cup Unsalted Butter softened
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 3 3/4 cups Flour
- 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
In a stand mixer bowl, add the softened butter and sugar and mix until it's light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. When you add the second egg, also add the vanilla. Continue the mixer until it's all incorporated
In a separate bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together. Add half of the flour mixture to the stand mixer bowl until combined. Add the heavy cream until its incorporated. Add the second half of the flour mixture until all combined
Take the cookie dough out of the mixer and flatten. You need to make sure you add flour to the surface you use to flatten the dough. It will keep it from sticking. Once flatten, roll it up in parchment paper or plastic wrap. Put in refrigerator for 2-3 hours until firm
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
When you are ready to cut out your cookies, put flour on your surface again to make sure the dough doesn't stick. Flatten out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Use your cookie cutters to make the cookies and place on parchment paper on your baking sheet.
Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges start to brown. Let cool before icing.