Citizen Reporter
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21 Dec 2021
10:45 am

31 days of Christmas: The perfect sugar cookies

Citizen Reporter

In our 31 days of Christmas series, we will be giving you delicious, wholesome holiday recipes to recreate throughout the festive season.

The perfect sugar cookies. Picture: iStock

Cookie lovers, this is the perfect yummy Christmas cookie recipe for you!

These homemade sugar cookies are crunchy on the inside, and gooey and delicious on the inside.

Pair these yummy sweet treats with a glass of cold or warm milk, or with a cup of your favourite warm beverage.

Double the ingredients to make a bigger batch to be enjoyed by yourself and your loved ones throughout Christmas week.

The perfect sugar cookies

Christmas sugar cookies
The perfect sugar cookies. Picture: iStock


  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of milk

For the buttercream frosting

  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 5 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • food coloring

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  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined, then add flour mixture gradually until totally combined.
  3. Shape into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  4. When ready to roll, preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly flour a clean work surface and roll out dough until thick. Cut out shapes and transfer to prepared baking sheets. Freeze 10 minutes (so your shapes hold while baking!).
  5. Meanwhile, make frosting: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter until smooth, then add powdered sugar and beat until no lumps remain. Add cream, almond extract, and salt and beat until combined.
  6. Bake cookies until edges are lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Let cool, then frost and decorate as desired.

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