Holiday Sugar Cookies


I am so excited to be a part of the Christmas Cookie Exchange… for those of you coming from Jen of Decor Gold Designs, welcome… and for those of you just checking in, be sure to see the list of blogs at the end of my post because we are all sharing delicious Holiday cookie ideas today!! My cookies aren’t anything too far from the ordinary but I swear they are delicious… and more importantly, a super fun Holiday activity with the kids!!

When it comes to the Holidays, there’s no better way to bring family together than gathering in the kitchen. And these delicious sugar cookies do just the trick because everyone loves choosing their own cookie shapes and topping. To prep for this year’s baking session, I bought some chic new baking supplies {I just love the retro styles at World Market…. How cute are these mason jar themed measuring spoons, this big white mixing bowlsilicone whisk, and white mason jar spoon rest}, and some fun cookie cutters {how darling is this set of 4 from Williams Sonoma!}.

The end result may not be the prettiest sight, but it’s definitely a sugary, glittery, giggly good time. Here is the sugar cookie recipe we whipped up… {thanks to Food Network!}


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the vanilla and egg and beat to incorporate. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches and beat on medium-low speed until incorporated.
  • Place dough on coutertop, roll out this and begin cutting with you cookie cutters.
  • Arrange the shapes on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake until the bottoms and edges are barely golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Frost and sprinkle!


Now on to the display… For my Holiday parties I love dessert plates with some shimmer, so I had to get the set of four holiday-inspired metallic phrases plates.  {I also love my nutcrackers I bought last year {look back at this post where I used them to decorate my fireplace mantel!}.

I hope this post inspires you and your family to come up a tradition of your own this Holiday season {even if it’s a bit messy!}! Be sure to head to the next blog in the Loop, Courtney of a Thoughtful Place for another Holiday cookie recipe!!


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Photography by Yesi of Simply Lively