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christmas sugar cookies on cooling rack

Make Ahead Christmas Cookies

  • Author: Lynette
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 36 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Super simple make ahead Christmas cookies that store best in the freezer.  Can be made weeks ahead of time.  This cookie has a thin cakey middle and crispy edges.


  • 1 Cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  2. In a mixer, cream butter, sugar and egg.  Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Shape into balls using a heaping teaspoon.  Drop into granulated sugar.  Place on greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 10 minutes at 375˚ F.  Remove from baking sheet when cool.


To freeze:  Bake as directed.  Let cool and then store in airtight container in freezer.  Let thaw before serving.

Make a large cookie: You can make these cookies larger by using a tablespoon to create a dough ball.  Baking time will need to be adjusted.

Colored Sugar: Roll in colored sugar to make more festive.


  • Calories: 94
  • Sugar: 5.6
  • Sodium: 20.4
  • Fat: 5.3
  • Carbohydrates: 10.9
  • Protein: .9
  • Cholesterol: 18.7

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