50 Easy and Gorgeous Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe Ideas

cinnamon sugar cut out cookies recipe
Bake at 350

To us, the holiday season will always mean two things: watching Love Actually on repeat and baking cookies. And while we’d never want to play favorites with our holiday treats, we have a special place in our heart for the traditional sugar cookie. It’s delicious, nearly impossible to mess up and endlessly adaptable (the more sprinkles the merrier). Here are 50 of our favorite recipes.

the easiest sugar cookie recipe ever recipe
One Little Project


The Easiest Sugar Cookie Recipe Ever

Master the basics, then the possibilities are endless.

the softest peppermint sugar cookies recipe
Chelsea’s Messy Apron


The Softest Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Like a candy cane in soft, buttery, cream-cheese-frosted form.

sprinkled sugar cookies recipe
Just Add Sprinkles


Sprinkled Sugar Cookies

Use red and green sprinkles to get into the holiday spirit.

maple glazed sugar cookies recipe
Le Crème De La Crumb


Maple Glazed Sugar Cookies

We love the hint of Sunday morning pancakes in this glaze.

amish sugar cookies recipe
Something Swanky


Amish Sugar Cookies

No rolling pin necessary—these drop right on to the cookie sheet.

cinnamon sugar cookies recipe
House of Yumm


Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

With cinnamon icing, yum.

lofthouse sugar cookies recipe


Lofthouse Sugar Cookies

Part-cookie, part-cupcake, all delicious.

eggnog sugar cookies recipe
Lemons For Lulu


Eggnog Sugar Cookies

Everything you love about eggnog….with no risk of a drunk uncle ruining your holiday party.

reese s peanut butter stuffed sugar cookies recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


Reese’s Peanut Butter Stuffed Sugar Cookies

The only thing better than a peanut butter cup? One wrapped in a sugar cookie.

super soft sugar cookies recipe
Six Sisters’ Stuff


Super Soft Sugar Cookies

With easy four-ingredient frosting.

stained glass cookies recipe
That Skinny Chick Can Bake


Stained Glass Cookies

Crushed, melted Jolly Ranchers are the secret to the colorful windowpanes on these showstoppers.

gluten free cutout sugar cookies recipe
Gluten Free on a Shoestring


Gluten-Free Cutout Sugar Cookies

Finally, a treat everyone can eat.

soft glazed pumpkin sugar cookies recipe
Lauren’s Latest


Soft-Glazed Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

We’ll never get tired of PSL season.

sugar cookie dough truffles recipe
Homan at Home


Sugar Cookie Dough Truffles

Like little, vanilla-scented snowballs.

brown sugar cookies recipe
Pinch of Yum


Brown Sugar Cookies

We like 'em crunchy and a little bit caramelized.

slice n bake vanilla bean sugar cookies with buttercream recipe
Half Baked Harvest


Slice ‘N’ Bake Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies with Buttercream

Way better than those tubes you buy in the grocery store.

holiday sugar cookie bars with cream cheese frosting recipe
Averie Cooks


Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

So much easier than baking a million trays of cookies.

cut out sugar cookies that don t spread recipe
Evolving Table


Cut-Out Sugar Cookies That Don’t Spread

This dough is super easy to work with and always keeps its shape.

shortcut pie dough sugar cookies recipe
Foodie Crush


Shortcut Pie Dough Sugar Cookies

Talk about multitasking: use extra refrigerator pie dough to make these sweet treats.

red velvet sugar cookies recipe
Wine and Glue


Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

Don’t worry, we’d never forget the cream cheese frosting.

jam filled thumbprint cookies recipe
Love and Olive Oil


Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies

Also works perfectly with Nutella.

cream cheese sugar cookies recipe
Sally’s Baking Addiction


Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

The softest, richest cookies you'll ever taste.

cinnamon roll sugar cookies recipe
Chef in Training


Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies

Go ahead, have one for breakfast. We won’t judge.

vanilla bean icebox cookies recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


Vanilla Bean Icebox Cookies

Leave a few for Santa.

perfect soft sugar cookies recipe
Lil Luna


Perfect Soft Sugar Cookies

There are two cookie camps: thin and crispy, and soft and fluffy. If you’re in the second, look no further—this is the recipe for you.

vegan vanilla almond sugar cookies recipe
The Full Helping


Vegan Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies

We promise, you won’t miss the butter.

frosted peppermint sugar cookie bars recipe
The Recipe Critic


Frosted Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

Like peppermint bark, but with a whole cookie underneath.

confetti cookies recipe
Smitten Kitchen


Confetti Cookies

Always festive and fun.

christmas swirl sugar cookies recipe
I Love My Disorganized Life


Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies

Enlist the kids to help roll out these colorful pinwheels.

cinnamon sugar cut out cookies recipe
Bake at 350


Cinnamon-Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

Perfect for decorating, with just an extra hint of holiday spice.

jam sandwich cookies with homemade raspberry jam recipe
Cloudy Kitchen


Jam Sandwich Cookies with Homemade Raspberry Jam

Sub in store-bought jam if you’re pressed for time.

whole wheat chocolate brown sugar sugar cookies recipe
Joy the Baker


Whole-Wheat Chocolate Brown Sugar Sugar Cookies

The whole-wheat flour gives these guys great texture.

ornament sugar cookies recipe
Your Cup of Cake


Ornament Sugar Cookies

These soft, candy-topped sweets couldn’t be cuter.

white chocolate dipped sugar cookies recipe
Yummiest Food


White-Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies

A perfect, snow-capped winter cookie.

lemon sugar cookies recipe
Deliciously Sprinkled


Lemon Sugar Cookies

An unexpected Christmas hit.

sugar cookie cheesecake bars recipe
Belle of the Kitchen


Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Our diet starts after New Year's, we promise.

chewy molasses sugar cookies recipe
A Latte Food


Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies

Sugar, spice and everything nice.

easy reindeer sugar cookies recipe
One Little Project


Easy Reindeer Sugar Cookies

Cuteness overload.

sugar plum shortbread christmas cookies recipe
Wicked Good Kitchen


Sugar Plum Shortbread Christmas Cookies

Visions of these are constantly dancing through our heads.

brown sugar pecan sugar cookies recipe
Dessert Now Dinner Later


Brown Sugar Pecan Sugar Cookies

Don't tell the dentist.

classic christmas cookies recipe
The Modern Proper


Classic Christmas Cookies

The surprise ingredient in these elegant cookies? Sour cream.

the best soft sugar cookie and cream cheese frosting recipe
It’s Always Autumn


The Best Soft Sugar Cookie and Cream Cheese Frosting

You don’t need to chill the dough before rolling it out, making it the perfect choice if you’re pressed for time.

one bowl vegan sugar cookies recipe
The Minimalist Baker


One-Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin puree acts as an egg substitute—we swear, you’ll never notice.

chocolate sugar cookie blossoms recipe
Yellow Bliss Road


Chocolate Sugar Cookie Blossoms

A double-chocolate take on traditional peanut-butter-kiss cookies.

lofthouse sugar cookie bars recipe
Something Swanky


Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars

Perfect for a crowd.

brown butter sugar cookies recipe
Sally’s Baking Addiction


Brown Butter Sugar Cookies

It’s a truth universally acknowledged: brown butter makes any recipe better.

white velvet sugar cookies recipe
Mel’s Kitchen Café


White Velvet Sugar Cookies

Because winter white never goes out of style.

peppermint crunch sugar cookies recipe
The Domestic Rebel


Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies

The best way to use up leftover candy canes.

grasshopper sugar cookies recipe
Le Crème De La Crumb


Grasshopper Sugar Cookies

Minty and delicious.

the perfect dark chocolate sugar cookie recipe
Sweet Apolita


The Perfect Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookie