When I think of the holiday season, one of the first things that comes to mind is the time honored tradition of baking Christmas cookies. This was something I looked forward to doing with my family each year and I am so excited to now pass the tradition along to my two sons. Although I’m all for cutting corners when it comes to baking and saving time, I’m a firm believer that store bought sugar cookie dough simply can’t compare to a homemade recipe. I swear the extra few minutes will totally be worth it once you taste my go-to sugar cookie dough recipe (thank you Uncle Bob for passing this down to me!)

This recipe is a staple to almost all of my sweets tables, holiday celebrations and of course Christmas cookie baking! Without further ado, here is my basic sugar cookie recipe, complete with a photo tutorial on how to make the cookies (with special appearances by my two little helpers).


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  1. Combine all ingredients except the flour in a mixmaster until it reaches a smooth, sticky consistency.
  2. Slowly pour in the flour a little at a time and continue mixing until the ingredients form a dough-like consistency. You can add a little water if it’s too dry or vice versa, add a little flour if it’s too sticky.
  3. Knead the dough and roll into a ball.
  4. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin.
  5. Cut out desired cookie shapes with cookie cutters.
  6. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool completely and then decorate with icing, sprinkles or whatever candies you have around the house.

Now, I will fully admit, we weren’t striving for perfection, so my edges may not be straight and there may be too many sprinkles poured on, but what really matters is that the experience of creating Christmas Cookies with my two boys for the first time was completely perfect. I hope you enjoy the experience of baking the cookies as much as the recipe!