Christmas Cookies You Need to Bake

The best sugar cookie recipe for your Christmas cookies. Soft, and simple cookie recipe just can't be beat! This has been my favorite for years now and I use it every year because it is so easy and tasty. Merry Christmas and happy baking! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme The best sugar cookie recipe for your Christmas cookies. Soft, and simple cookie recipe just can't be beat! This has been my favorite for years now and I use it every year because it is so easy and tasty. Merry Christmas and happy baking! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is baking cookies while listening to Christmas music. It’s a tradition that happens in most households, perhaps yours included. But it’s one of those things that feels deeply personal to me. It makes me slow down and truly embrace this season that goes by all too quickly. I know so many people feel the stress of the holidays, but it must be my slow paced upbringing, but I go even slower in these winter months. Someone once told me, “life is a gift, not an emergency.” I love that. Especially during this special season of joy.

This year Julian has been helping me in the kitchen more than ever, and baking cookies is one of his specialties. What child doesn’t love to sprinkle a cookie?! I am using my go-to sugar cookie recipe, one that you may remember from last year. It may take me longer than ever to bake 1 batch with this two Christmas cuties of mine, but this recipe is still being put to good use in our household.

I’m also working on showing you guys a little more of my Christmas decor at home. Lots of you have shown interest in our home styling, so I’m hoping to have that up in the next few days. Until then, here’s our home from last year!

If you add this recipe to your Christmas baking, be sure to tag me so I can see your creations! (Instagram: @heidi.stephensFacebook: Bainbridge Boheme).

CHRISTMAS COOKIES:

Ingredients:

¾ cup butter, room temp

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 tsp vanilla

Grated rind of 1 lemon (orange works great too)

¼ tsp salt

2 ½ cups flour

Instructions:

With a standing mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and continue beating until light in color. On low speed beat in egg and egg yolk just until combined. Add vanilla, lemon rind and salt. Add the flour until blended, do not over beat batter. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and stamp with desired cookie cutters. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for approx 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating. Store in an airtight container if you don’t eat them all! Enjoy!

Adapted from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Baking

ROYAL ICING: Wilton’s recipe

xx,

Heidi

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Christmas Cookies

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

Baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my Grandma Shirley is one of my most beloved holiday memories. She had every kind of sprinkle variation imaginable, and her cookies always turned out perfectly. My sister and brother and I would spend the whole day at her house baking and decorating and then eating the fruits of our labor. Christmas music was always on in the background and I’m sure we destroyed her kitchen. I can’t claim to be as skilled as Grandma Shirley, and my sprinkle collection is probably a fraction of hers, but I wanted to share my cookie recipe with you all for the holidays! Honing my icing and cookie decorating skills is taking some time, but trial and error is always more fun when you get to eat the failed attempts!  I’ve mentioned this before on another cookie post, but I often just leave cookies unfrosted, and luckily my husband thinks they are tastier that way.

Well the other day, baby Jules and I headed over to my parent’s house to make some Christmas cookies with my nephew Bennett. You can see his cute chubby hand helping out in the photos above! I knew I couldn’t leave these Christmas cookies naked, so I found a super easy royal icing recipe to try out. I kept the icing simple and white and used mostly my white sprinkles for this batch. The next batch was green and red, it just didn’t last long enough to be photographed!

This sugar cookie recipe has been my go-to for as many Christmases as I can remember. It’s simple, fool proof, and only requires an extra 30 minutes to chill before baking. My nephews, and whole family loved the cookies. Baby Julian even got a few bites! Baking and decorating Christmas cookies is a delicious and festive way to get in the holiday spirit!

Do you bake Christmas cookies with your kiddos or family members? There are so many special memories around baking Christmas cookies. I’d love to hear yours!

CHRISTMAS COOKIES:

Ingredients:

¾ cup butter, room temp

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 tsp vanilla

Grated rind of 1 lemon

¼ tsp salt

2 ½ cups flour

Instructions:

With a standing mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and continue beating until light in color. On low speed beat in egg and egg yolk just until combined. Add vanilla, lemon rind and salt. Add the flour until blended, do not over beat batter. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and stamp with desired cookie cutters. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for approx 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating. Store in an airtight container if you don’t eat them all! Enjoy!

Adapted from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Baking

ROYAL ICING: Wilton’s recipe

xx,

Heidi

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