Best Christmas Cookies


Best Christmas Cookies

Best Christmas Cookies
36 (3 dozen)
8 Hr
10 Min

This recipe was handed down to Mary Jane, from New Holstein, Wisconsin from her mother who originally received it from an elderly neighbor over 100 years ago! These are perfect to make with the kids, and decorate any way you want! 

What You'll Need

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sour milk (see Note)
  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a lightly floured work surface, use a rolling pin to roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out cookies and place on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden around edges. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Mr.Food Test Kitchen Tip!

  • To make sour milk, stir together 1 cup milk with either 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice. Let mixture sit 10 to 15 minutes. The milk should begin to curdle slightly. You now have sour milk for your baking needs!
  • Once cool, decorate with your favorite icing.
  • For more great Christmas cookie recipes, be sure to check out the rest of the cookies in our 2018 Christmas Cookie Countdown!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 36

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 124
  • Calories from Fat 49
  • Total Fat 5.5g 8 %
  • Saturated Fat 3.3g 17 %
  • Trans Fat 0.2g 0 %
  • Protein 1.5g 3 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 24mg 8 %
  • Sodium 92mg 4 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 17g 6 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1 %
  • Sugars 6.6g 0 %

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Why not put the icing recipe with this?

Hi there! Because this was a contributed recipe that a viewer submitted we didn't want to alter it. However you can find great homemade icing recipes here:

With all the dry ingredients, how can 1 tablespoon of sour milk do anything? Seems to me, that this wouldn't even hold together.

The butter and keeping the dough cold is what keeps these together. I have used this recipe for years, it works well if you follow the instructions!

Very tasty ! But they really puffed up into indistinguishable blobs even when I rolled the dough thinner than 1/4 inch. I'll just have to be creative with the decorating!

This is why I keep the dough thicker and keep it COLD, it isn't as likely to puff up that way.


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