Soft Christmas Cookies


A Christmas cookie recipe for soft sugar cutouts that I have used for years. I sprinkle the cookies with colored sugar before baking; you can also frost them with icing when cool.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
48 cookies


  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup margarine, softened

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

  2. Beat sugar and margarine in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients until incorporated. Wrap dough; chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease two cookie sheets.

  4. Roll out dough on a clean floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters; arrange them on the prepared cookie sheets. Gather scraps and repeat this step.

  5. Bake in batches in the preheated oven until edges are barely brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

    close up view of Soft Christmas Cookies in the shapes of gingerbread men, candy canes and Christmas trees on a plate

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

97 Calories
4g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 97
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 81mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 16mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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