homemade sugar cookies for Santa

Soft pillow-y sugar cookie and frosting recipe

on December 13 | in Baking, Cooking, Desserts, Entertaining, Food, Friends & Family, Holidays, Recipes | by | with 7 Comments


He sees you when you’re sleeping

He sees you when you’re awake

He knows if you’ve been bad or good

so be good for goodness sake!

And just in case you haven’t been on your absolute best behavior you may want to make one last home-run effort to ensure you get exactly what you are wanting this Christmas.

At first glance you read,”homemade cookies.” You throw your head back with laughter and say to yourself,”Why do I need to  bake when those prepackaged-pillowy-beauties with their bright pink,yellow, and green icing,perfectly topped with the sweetest little sprinkles are already so perfect?”  Well, simply put: Mine are better.

All joking aside, I feel like it is extremely important to cook with your children. Cooking and baking with your kids is the prime time to sneak in so many valuable lessons. Not only will you help expand their knowledge of real food; they will learn self confidence, patience, self- efficiency, among lots of other things. Most of all you will create memories together.

This time of year people all over the world are celebrating different things. No matter what you celebrate, take this time to spend with your family. Create memories.

One of my favorite memories as a child, at Christmas time, was making sugar cookies with my family. Each year we gathered around the table. Surrounded by piles of baked sugar cookies created from great-grandma’s secret recipe, bowls of colorful iceing, sprinkles, and other fun toppings; telling stories and laughing at the top of our lungs. We may not have made the prettiest cookies, but you better believe we walked away with sugar filled bellies and sweet bodied souls.

Now that I’m a mommy and my family lives thousands of miles away I want to be sure and keep the tradition alive.

While great-grandmas recipe is super secret, I have created my own recipe that I can share.

Sift all of your dry ingredients into a large bowl.

In another large bowl, using an electric mixer start creaming your butter,shortening, and sugar together.

Add egg and 1 yolk, then sour cream and vanilla.

Once combined and smooth start adding dry ingredients in batches.

I dumped my dough out onto my counter top and added the last cup by kneading it in. Your dough will be very soft by the time all the flour is incorporated.

cut your dough in half, form flat rounds of dough,wrap in parchment paper, place in a large plastic storage bag, and refrigerated over night to get nice and firm.

When you are ready to roll out your dough sprinkle powdered sugar onto a large working surface. I like the use of powdered sugar as apposed to flour. I don’t like the dry flour taste left on the cookies.

Using a rolling pin, roll out your dough to about 1/2″ or slightly less thick. Use a glass or ramekin to create circles or use cookies cutters.

Bake at 325 degrees for about 14 minutes. Watch them closely towards the end. If they start to brown you’ve cooked them too long.


These are the most creamy, moist, yet firm form of cookie perfection. I have also created a smooth, creamy, and fluffy frosting to top them off. Be careful, these are extremely addicting!


“You’re welcome, Santa.”


Sugar cookie recipe:


1 cup butter, softened
1 CUP vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 CUP confectioners sugar
1 whole egg and 1 yolk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
4 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Sift together dry ingredients in a large bowl

In another large bowl start creaming butter,shortening,and sugar.

Add egg and yolk, one at a time.

Add sour cream and vanilla

Once smooth, combined, and slightly fluffed start adding dry ingredients in small batches

refrigerate finished dough overnight or until firm.

preheat oven to 325

Roll out dough (work in small batches, leaving unused dough in refrigerator, so dough stays firm.)

Place cut cookies on parchment paper and bake for 14 minutes (watch and make sure they don’t start to brown.)

decorate and serve.

fluffy frosting recipe:


1/2 cup cream cheese
1 cup whipping cream
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Start whipping cream cheese with the wisk attachment of an electric mixer.

Slowly mix in the whipping cream by slowly pouring into the cream cheese while mixing.

Add powdered sugar and continue mixing.

Add vanilla after all ingredients are smoothly combined. Continue mixing until fluffy about 2 minutes.


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7 Responses to Soft pillow-y sugar cookie and frosting recipe

  1. Sugar cookies are my favourite! And I’d love to try yours. I make mine homemade too but morph them into peppermint. I’d like to try your approach because, well, quite simply put, I want better cookies too!

    Gorgeous photos! Love this post and all that it means. The lesson of tradition is a valuable one. Thank-you for the reminder. Let’s see if I can reactivate a 13 year old son to feel the same way now… wish me luck!

  2. Lucy says:

    I completely agree about baking with your family …
    The kitchen is the heart of your home and being there with your loved ones seems like the perfect place to make memories …thank you for sharing your own memories with us..xo
    Ps. Great photos …;)

  3. Charlotte says:

    This brings back wonderful memories of baking and decorating Christmas cookies as a family!!! Beautiful photos!

  4. Sherry Smyth says:

    These look and sound amazing…I’d never be able to eat just one! ;)

  5. amy says:

    Thank you, all!

  6. Rachel says:

    I came across your blog on pinterest because i was looking for a good frosting for my cut outs this year. I am making cookie trays for all my friends and family and am looking for a frosting that i can pipe with and that will stiffen up a little to hold up to being stacked and put in trays. Does this frosting stiffen or does it stay super creamy?

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