soft christmas sugar cookies

★★★★★ 4
a recipe by
Kathy Joppie
Nashville, MI

These cookies are very special to me as my grandmother gave it to me in 1974. She would have been 101 years old this year. Grandma used to give these cookies as Christmas gifts to all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She would begin baking in November and freeze them in order to have enough ready for Christmas.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These sugar cookies really are the perfect cookie for the holidays. They puff up a little while baking, almost cake-like. Buttermilk gives the cookie a different texture and flavor than other sugar cookies. Simply delicious! The cookie itself isn't overly sweet and delicious on its own. We topped some with sugar and others with this easy homemade buttercream recipe. Both options were good so it just depends on how sweet you want the sugar cookies.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 4
serves 3-4 Dozen
prep time 20 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For soft christmas sugar cookies

  • 1 1/8 c
    Crisco (only use Crisco) recipe says a "good" cup
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 2 md
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 c
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 3 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour (may need up to 4 cups), plus more for dusting

How To Make soft christmas sugar cookies

Test Kitchen Tips
We definitely needed all 4 cups of flour and the dough was still sticky. We opted to use a biscuit cutter to cut out the cookies for a pretty edge.
  • Mixing shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl.
    Beat together the shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla with mixer.
  • Mixing flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in another bowl.
    In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Mixing buttermilk into the batter.
    Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk (a little at a time) to the creamed sugar mixture until completely mixed. The dough will be fairly sticky.
  • Dough scooped out onto a floured board.
    Generously flour board. Scoop out smaller portions of dough.
  • Patting out the dough.
    Pat out with your hand to 1/4"-1/2" thickness.
  • Cutting out the cookies.
    Flour cookie cutter, cut and place on ungreased cookie sheet. (I use a round jelly glass to cut out the cookies).
  • Sugar sprinkled cookies in the oven.
    Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Do not over bake. Let cool a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  • Cookies decorated with sugar and frosting.
    NOTE: You can decorate with colored sugars or sprinkles or even place a nut or raisin in the center of the cookie before baking or frost after cooling.