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Cookies For Christmas Let’s Have Some Fun

As we all know 2020 has been a very rough year. For the lucky folks they did not lose a family member or their job. Sadly for many others they lost one or other, or both. The holiday season is here and is certainly different from seasons in the past. As many of you know I lost my mom in October due to complications from cancer so I can understand what many people are going through during these difficult times. It can be hard to positive, but keeping the holidays alive in your heart can ease the difficulties. You may not be able to share the holidays with all your family members and money may be tight, but the holidays are in the little things. So today I am going to share a butter cookie recipe from King Arthur Flour. You don’t need a lot of expensive ingredients and they are so fun to make (and eat!) I have made these cookies many times and they always turn out great. And be sure to check out their other recipes there are plenty to choose from like Chocolate Crinkles, Almond Cloud Cookies, and Snickerdoodles, I am drooling already, Enjoy!



  • 1 1/4 cups (142g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 18 tablespoons (255g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, white reserved for topping if desired (see “tips,” below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia, or flavor of your choice (see “tips,” below)
  • 2 3/4 cups (326g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour


  • 2 1/4 cups (283g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (35g) light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons, or up to 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon milk; enough to make a pourable/spreadable icing
  • Food coloring, optional
  • 1 cup coarse sparkling sugar or colored sugar, for decorating, optional


  1. To make the cookies: Combine the sugar, butter, egg yolk, salt, and flavor, beating until smooth. Add the flour, mixing until smooth. The mixture will seem dry at first, but will suddenly come together. If it doesn’t, dribble in a tablespoon of water.
  2. Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a flattened disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight. When you’re ready to bake, remove the dough from the refrigerator, and let it soften for about 20 to 30 minutes, until it feels soft enough to roll. It should still feel cold, but shouldn’t feel rock-hard.
  3. Sprinkle your rolling surface with flour, and flour your rolling pin. Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll it 1/8″ to 3/16″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes. Re-roll and cut the dough scraps. Place the cookies on ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheets. They can be close together; they’ll barely spread.
  4. Bake the cookies in a preheated 350°F oven for 12 to 14 minutes, until they’re set and barely browned around the edges.
  5. Remove the cookies from the oven, and cool right on the pan. If you’ve used parchment, you can lift cookies and parchment off the pan, so you can continue to use the pan as the cookies cool.
  6. Repeat with the remaining piece of dough, rolling, cutting, and baking cookies. When cookies are completely cool, ice and decorate.
  7. To make the icing: Combine the sugar, milk, and corn syrup to make a soft, spreadable icing, adding more milk if necessary. Tint the icing with food color as desired.
  8. Spread icing on the cookies, using a knife, a spoon, or your finger to spread it all the way to the edges. Sprinkle with colored sugar or other sugar decorations, as desired. Allow the icing to harden before storing the cookies.


  1. I love this, Allie! Spreading happiness and kindness with cookies. 2020 has been a rough year and little things like making cookies can put a smile on one’s face and mmm goodness in one’s tummy. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I do a lot of baking this time of year and I love trying new recipes. I’m sure these will come out great! Happy holidays to you and your family!


  2. These cookies look so tasty! Thank you for the recipe! I’ll be trying it out 😉


  3. I love making Christmas cookies! One of my favorite things to do in the Christina’s time! <3


  4. Those cookies look delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!
    I think it’s important to appreciate the little things and stay positive !
    Julia x

  5. These look good!

    Curated By Jennifer

  6. Thanks for this amazing recipe Allie 🙂 I’m so sad because of your mother, I can’t imagine how you are feeling this dates, but I hope you find some light in all this chaos. Sending you a lot of huges!


  7. The cookies look delish! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Very cute cookie ideas.
    They look delicious 🙂



  9. These cookies look so delicious! Thanks for sharing. Wonderful Post! Greetings of the day!

  10. I am so sorry for your loss, and sending lots of love your way. These cookies look delcious and I can’t wait to give them a try, thanks for sharing xx

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  11. These look great.. I love the chocolate drizzle ones.

  12. Yummy cookies ❤

  13. 2020 has truly been the toughest- I’m hopeful that as the vaccine rolls out, we can slowly return to a semblance of normal. Thinking of you this holiday- it must be so difficult with it being the first without your mom.

    These cookies are so chic and look/sound yummy!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    1. Thank you so much Ashley. It has been great knowing you all these years in cyberspace and the internets!

  14. I love these cookies, I think I can manage to follow your recipe!
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    1. I am making them today!

  15. I’m not much of a baker, but still, I can hardly imagine holidays without cookies since my mum used to always prepare so many different sorts and shapes to gift them around <3
    Yours looks and sounds so yummy as well!


  16. These cookies look amazing!!


  17. Baking cookies is fun – one of my favourite activities leading to Christmas!

    Merry Christmas!

  18. Lovely and deliciuos! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
    Kisses, Paola.


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    1. Of course it really is good I am making them today!

  19. Thank you so much for sharing this post with us! I love Christmas cookies 🙂

    1. Your welcome! : )

  20. OOOH these cookies seems so good. I will try to make some cookies here ♥


  21. The cutest…really like the heart shaped ones.
    Happy Holidays Allie! See you in the new year.


  22. Dear Allie,

    Cookies looks awesome.
    This is true – it is very rough year- On Sunday I lost my beloved uncle …

    I want to wish you calm and good Christmas despite this all sad things that happened this year.
    I am sending you big big virtual hug. It’s good to see you here back; and I hope you feel at least little bit better.

    1. Oh thank you so much for your thoughts and wishing me well. I truly appreciate it.

    2. I am so sorry you lost your uncle you know I understand what this is like. Thank for your kind words and I am thinking of you too. Lets hope 2021 is a better year for all of us

  23. Thank you for the wonderful recipe! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Let the old year 2020 take away all the problems, and the new year 2021 will give you happiness and many pleasant moments

  24. These cookies look so good! Yum!
    Merry Christmas, Allie!

  25. Merry Christmas!!

    2020 wasn’t the easiest year. Health is not something that is brushed away so easily. These cookies sound delicious! Look how they turned out and how easy it is to make them. Love the different ways you can decorate them. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    PS. Sent an email a few days ago – let me know if you didn’t get it!

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

  26. Allie, these look delicious! I hope you had an amazing Christmas – it’s definitely been a terrible year, but hopefully 2021 will bring you better things xx

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  27. Thanks for the recipe! These cookies look super
    yummy!! Hope you are having a nice Christmas season!

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  28. I love love baking! Loved the recipe thanks for sharing.

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  29. So yummy! Lovely post!

  30. Oh yum! Those cookies look both pretty and delicious! I love to bake this time of year.

  31. Great recipe, thanks for sharing. Your cookies look great and I’m sure they are delicious too. Happiness is often found in little things. I wish you all the best in 2021.

  32. Happy new year I hope 2021 bring you much happiness, success, health and may all your dreams take flight. Much peace and love your way. I am so sorry for your loss. May 2021 bring you so much light darling. xoxo Cris


  33. Ohh those cookies look so yummy! Happy New Year!
    xx- Nina

  34. Yes, here’s to a much better year. Happy New Year, Allie. I hope your Christmas was lovely, sometimes it’s just the little things that can make your day!

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