Holiday Sugar Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • Decorating
    • Red sprinkles
    • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
    • 1/3 cup flaked coconut
    • 28 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
    • 14 red M&M’s miniature baking bits
    • 28 miniature marshmallows, halved


  1. Take a large mixing bowl out and cream the butter and confectioners’ sugar together until it looks light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and both extracts. In a separate mixing bowl, stir the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar together until combined. Add the flour mixture gradually into the large mixing bowl with the creamed mixture until everything’s mixed well together. Split the dough in half and place in covered containers. Stick the containers in the freezer for 25 minutes or until the dough is easy to handle. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take one container worth of dough and place it on an ungreased baking sheet (the other container’s going to be used for the next recipe post). Roll the dough out into an 11-inch x 8-inch rectangle. Cut lengthwise into two strips, but don’t separate them. Cut each strip into seven triangles (don’t separate these either).
  2. Stick the baking sheet in the oven for 10-13 minutes or until the edges look lightly browned. Allow them to cool for two minutes before cutting around the cookies so they separate. Take them off the pan afterwards and place them on a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
  3. Now for decorating so they end up looking like Santa: Take the corn syrup and microwave it for 6-8 seconds or until it gets thinned. Brush a few cookies at a time with the corn syrup. Press the coconut onto the cookies to create the beard. Use two of the chocolate chips for eyes and use the mini M&M’s for the noses. To create the hats, coat the top of the cookies with the sprinkles and attach the halved marshmallows to create the pom-pons (we found that applying the beard first, nose second, eyes third and the hat last was the easiest route for decorating).

The cookies themselves taste pretty good for a basic sugar cookie but adding on the decorations turns it into a fun assembly activity that you can do with kids. Some cookies were cut smaller than others so you may only need 3 pieces of halved marshmallow rather than 4. The first day these are made, the cookies are crisp but overnight, they get softer and were actually more enjoyable to us that way.

This was a recipe from the Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen.

We weren’t paid in any form to mention M&M’s or Simple & Delicious.

Take care everybody !

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