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best holiday sugar cookies

Every year I try to get an early start on the holidays, and every year they hit me smack in the face like an 18 wheeler filled with potatoes. (There is no significance to the was just the heaviest thing I could think of.) 

I don't know how it happens, but it does. 

There are just so many things to bake, foods to photograph, presents to buy and then wrap and holiday parties to attend. The other day, things were so crazy, I even forgot to eat. Just didn't do it.   

You hear people say this all the time. "I was just so busy, I totally forgot to eat." And because I am constantly thinking about food, I was always like ummm, you are a liar. Food > everything. 

But then it happened to me. Awkward.  

So if you are anything like me, and you don't even have enough time in the day to eat, but you still need to show up with some awesome baked good for the holiday party, I have a solution for you. Introducing the easiest holiday sugar cookies ever.

You do have to let them harden in the fridge for an hour or so - but that is plenty of time to wrap a few presents. And then, all you do is drizzle the icing and a few sprinkles and you are done. BAM. And, if you wanted to make things even can get yourself some pre-made royal icing. I promise I won't tell anyone! Also these are the Sprinkles I used. They are amazing and I love them :) 

*Royal Icing recipe adapted from Joy of Baking

Best Holiday Sugar Cookies

Best Holiday Sugar Cookies  | Sprinkles For Breakfast


Sugar Cookies

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Royal Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon meringue powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food Coloring
  • Sprinkles


Sugar Cookies

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla.
  3. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until just combined.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least one hour.
  5. When the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4" thick. Use the cookie cutter to cut out trees and place them on baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool.

Royal Icing

  1. In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, combine powdered sugar, meringue powder water and vanilla on a low speed.
  2. Once combined, switch the mixer to high speed and let mix until stiff peaks form and mixture is glossy.
  3. Divide into separate bowls and add a few drops of desired food colorings to each.
  4. Place icing in a piping bag and cut off the tip.
  5. Drizzle icing over the trees. Wait 1 minute before adding sprinkles.

*Makes 40 Cookies

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meet the author

Lindsay Nathanson - Baker and Author

I might be the only person in the history of the world that has ever been grounded from baking. That's right. When I was a teen, it wasn't the computer, or the phone or the tv that got taken away. For me, it was the unsalted butter.

Comments (4)


This is my first year trying royal icing ????Can you tell me how long it takes the frosting to harden so I can pack and ship the cookies?

Lindsay Nathanson

Hi Jeanice! So excited for you. I would say give it a solid 12 hours for it to be completely dry!

Hannah Flack

I am definitely trying this! That imaginary person at the beginning of your post? Totally me. I work four ten-hour days so I can have 3-day weekends to work on my blog, and by the time I walk in the door at the end of a work day I can hardly think straight, let alone make a time-consuming recipe. This kind of dinner is just what I need! Regards Hannah Flack

Lindsay Nathanson

Everyone needs this kind of dinner every once in a while!

Rose Martine

This recipe looks awesome!!! Since I don’t use grain flour, do you think almond or coconut flour would work well as a substitute? Thanks! Regards Rose Martine

Lindsay Nathanson

Hi Rose! This recipe is so fun! I have never tried using a substitute for these cookies - but I'm sure almond flour would work just fine. If you are going to use almond flour, I would use a little bit more baking powder to account for the heaviness of the flour.


I love this! Might need your help on the decorations...

Lindsay Nathanson

I can do that :)