Jolly Holiday Delights: Easy Homemade Christmas Cookies


The holiday season is synonymous with the sweet aroma of baking, and what better way to embrace this festive spirit than with homemade Christmas cookies? This recipe is not just about creating delicious treats; it’s an opportunity to make lasting memories in the kitchen. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice, these cookies, with their buttery texture and customizable decorations, are sure to add a touch of magic to your holiday celebrations. From gathering the ingredients to taking that first delightful bite, every step is filled with joy and the essence of Christmas.


For the Cookies:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough

For the Icing (Optional):

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk or water
  • Food coloring (optional)


  1. Mix Dry Ingredients: Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add Egg and Milk: Beat in the egg and milk until combined.
  4. Make the Dough: Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until smooth.
  5. Chill: Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for 2 hours.

How to Prepare

  1. Preheat Oven: Set the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare Baking Sheets: Line them with parchment paper.
  3. Roll and Cut Dough: On a powdered sugar-dusted surface, roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes with Christmas cookie cutters.
  4. Bake: Place the shapes on baking sheets and bake for 7-9 minutes.
  5. Cool: Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

Preparation Time

  • Total Time: Approximately 3 hours (includes chilling and cooling time).
  • Active Time: About 30 minutes for preparation and baking.


  • This recipe yields approximately 24 cookies, depending on the size of the cutters used.


  1. Can I make the dough ahead of time? Yes, the dough can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  2. How do I know when the cookies are done? The cookies are ready when they start to turn golden around the edges.
  3. Can I freeze the baked cookies? Absolutely! The cookies freeze well for up to 3 months.
  4. Is the icing necessary? No, the icing is optional but adds a festive touch.
  5. Can I use different shapes for the cookies? Yes, feel free to use any cookie cutter shapes you like.


Baking Christmas cookies is more than just a culinary endeavor; it’s a heartwarming tradition that brings people together. This recipe, with its simple steps and delightful results, is perfect for involving the whole family. The cookies themselves, crisp on the edges and soft in the middle, are a canvas for your creativity – whether you choose to decorate them extravagantly or enjoy their simple, buttery goodness. As these cookies fill your home with their sweet scent, they also fill your heart with the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Happy baking, and merry Christmas!