Holly Jolly Sugar Cookies

Most holidays, and especially Christmas, will forever be the perfect time for Sugar cookies. The cookie cutter options are endless and the frosting and sprinkles are a great way to make them unique and special for everyone.

This recipe is the same recipe that my mom, sisters and I made growing up. So, of course, this is an oldie and a goodie. I feel like if there is a recipe that has been used for 30+ years, it is most definitely a great recipe to keep around. Don’t worry about going to the store to pick up the pre-made cookie dough, just grab the things you don’t have at home and make a fresh batch of these sugar cookies.

Sugar Cookies

The perfect cookie for any holiday to cook up and decorate for fun.
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Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:8 minutes


Sugar Cookies

  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup cream or milk
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt


  • ¼ cup butter
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Thoroughly cream butter, sugar and vanilla.
  • Add eggs. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add milk.
  • In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Mix into creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough into thirds and chill.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll into ¼ inch thickness. Cut into shapes.
  • Bake at 375° for 6-10 minutes.
  • Cool slightly on pan, then remove from pan to completely cool.
  • Once cookies are cooled, decorate with frosting and sprinkles.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cookies
Servings: 5 dozen

When it comes to decorating cookies, the options are endless. Here are a few ways that we like to decorate our cookies:

  1. Simply add sprinkles to the dough before you bake the cookies. This can be a bit messy, anything with sprinkles usually becomes messy, but a quick way to be finished with the cookies once they’re baked.
  2. Frost and done. Make your frosting one color or a few different colors. Frost the cookies with a spoon, knife, spreader or piping bag. After letting them set for about 10-15 minutes the cookies are ready to serve.
  3. Frost and sprinkle to your hearts desire. Sometimes it’s doing it all that makes the cookies extra tasty, and kids love all the things for their cookies.
  4. Fancy frosting decorating with all the piping bags and tips of many shapes, colors and sizes. When it’s me doing the decorating, this is my favorite. I love the beauty that just a little extra touch gives a sweet and simple sugar can create.

I hope you make time to enjoy a little baking for yourself or the whole family. These will always be a go to around most holidays to spread the special holiday cheer we all love at different times of the year.

Merry Christmas and Happy Baking!

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