Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies
Sugar Cookies


I baked these for the church bake sale and they were tender and rich. At first, I thought the dough was difficult to handle, but once I got it chilled enough, it was much easier to cut the shapes and transfer them to the baking sheet.

If you don’t have cream of tartar on hand, you can substitute baking powder. Baking powder is simply two parts cream of tartar with one part baking soda. It won’t be perfect, but you could use 1 tsp of baking powder instead of the baking soda and cream of tartar requirement.

Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tsp pure vanilla extra
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Sprinkles or caster sugar
  1. In the bowl of a standup mixer, beat the butter, oil, and two sugars until well blended and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt and mix it in. Form the dough into a large ball. It will be quite soft. You may need to add additional flour, but don't overdo it. Just chill it for an hour first and then check it.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Divide the dough into 2 large balls. On a floured board, roll out the dough until it is about ⅛" thick. Using cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes and transfer them, using a spatula to help, to a non-stick cookie sheet. Scatter sprinkles on top. Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes before carefully transferring them to rack for further cooling.
Sugar Cookies
Sugar Cookies
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