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Homemade Christmas cookies

Easy Homemade Christmas Cookies Recipe

Rachi Fernandopulle
Sugar cookies decorated with royal icing
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 40 cookies


  • 113 g Butter Unsalted
  • 110 g White sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 1/2 Egg
  • 225 g All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt


  • 250 g Icing sugar
  • 30 g Egg white
  • 3/4 tbsp Glucose syrup Optional but recommended
  • 3/4 tbsp Water
  • Food colouring ( red, green) ( According to eye measurements)


Cookie dough

  • Preheat oven to 170C (Conventional oven), Line 2 baking trays with baking paper
  • In a mixing bowl with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until creamy
  • Then add the egg, vanilla and mix further
  • Lower the speed and incorporate the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well until well combined
  • Once mixed, you will end up with a crumbly dough. Dust a flat work surface with flour and roll the dough to a ball then roll it to a log shape, cut into 2 pieces. Using one piece flatten it to 1 mm thickness using a rolling pin.
  • Using cookie cutters, cut your desired shapes and place them on the lined baking trays, leaving small gaps in between them
    The number of cookies you end up with will be determined by the size of the cookie cutter
    Once the dough is cut, you can roll up the off cuts and re flatten it to make more cookies
  • Bake in the oven for 6-10 minutes, turning them halfway through
    Timing will depend on each oven and the thickness of the cookies
  • Once cooked, take it out of the oven and let them cool down on a wire rack completely.
    It will be soft when taking off the oven, but once cooled down it will harden up.

Royal icing

  • Place the icing sugar, water, egg white and glucose syrup in a mixing bowl with the whisk attachment ( need to reheat the glucose syrup in the microwave for 15 seconds) and mix well. You will have a liquid consistency, but not too liquid.
    If you wish you can also use a hand whisk to do this.
  • Divide the icing into 3 parts into 3 small bowls, add red colouring to one, green colouring to one and one plain. Pour them into piping bags.
  • To decorate the cookies, cut the tip of the piping bag ( Make sure the hole is small and not too big) and decorate them as you desire ( see the video on how to decorate)
    Use a toothpick to decorate the middle part of the cookies


Keyword Easy Homemade Christmas Cookies Recipe