My sister is really the best sugar cookie, cake and cupcake baker I know. So every year around Christmas she get’s a text “what is your favorite sugar cookie recipe?” And she sends it then we make it! And then I loose it and I try searching on Pinterest for one similar and nothing compares. Her recipe is honestly the best. The best part is there is no “refrigerate for an hour before rolling out”. Because I have made that recipe before and did not have an hour to wait! So I am sharing her sugar cookie recipe on my blog as a selfish reason, so I know where to find it every year!! And bonus part we have a FREE Christmas Sugar Cookie printable for you at the bottom of this post. You get a recipe and a piece of Christmas art to hang in your home or to attach to a plate of cookies that you give as a Christmas gift.
My sister sent this recipe to me (for the last time) and reminded me that she has tried a lot of recipes and this sugar cookie is bar far her favorite! She got it from a friend that make it every year too! I added almond extract instead of vanilla, but you could do either. We also used some sugar cookie cut-outs that my mom passed onto us. So fun to use the cut-outs that we used as children.
- Sugar Cookie Ingredients-
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 1/2 cups flour
- Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients-
- 1/2 cup room temperature unsalted butter
- 8 oz cold cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons of milk
- Sugar Cookie Directions-
- Cream the sugar, butter, sour cream, egg and almond extract until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add in baking soda, salt and flour.
- Roll out on a floured surface about 1/4-1/2" thick. Cut out desired shapes. Place on an un-greased baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 5-8 minutes until golden brown on the bottom.
- Cream Cheese Frosting Directions
- Mix the butter, cream cheese and almond extract for about 2 minutes, until smooth. Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Add in 1 tablespoon of milk to thin as needed. If it is too thin (could be butter was too soft) add more powdered sugar.
- * Refrigerate cookies after frosting.
You can print this recipe HERE- Sugar Cookie Recipe FREE Printable
Thank you to @apletters for creating this printable for us! She can make a custom printable for you too. This would make the perfect Christmas gift for a family recipe. See how to have a custom recipe made HERE. Order soon to get here in time for Christmas!
I printed mine on some card stock paper and ripped a raw edge. Just use a ruler or hard edge to rip the paper and protect the recipe from getting ripped. I framed it in THIS (mine was 5×7) gold frame.
We had some time before church on Sunday (the only perk to day light savings and kids waking up early!) I snapped some pictures of the kids cutting out the sugar cookies. I learned from my sister to send them back to “sugar cookie factory” if they are too thin! She would send them back to the kids and make it fun for them! Because who wants a thin sugar cookie?? Nobody. Well, maybe someone but those aren’t the kind of sugar cookies we make here!
Snap shot of Christmas Sugar Cookies 2018
Find more of my favorite Christmas Cookies below-