Christmas Sugar Cookies

CHRISTMAS SUGAR COOKIES are soft, thick, chewy cookies that are rolled in red & green sprinkles. These are some of the easiest Christmas treats to make and they look so festive and cute!

sugar cookie with sprinkles

My teenaged daughter and I do a big cookie baking day every December.

Last year, we pumped out 7 different types of cookies and then we ate them until we were sick, packaged up the rest, and delivered them to friends, family, and neighbors. 

It’s a fun day and I’m so thankful that I’ve taught that kid how to cook and bake. She’s a whiz in the kitchen and I could not do it without her!

She’s totally taken after me in liking simple treats that are still festive, but not a ton of work. We both agree that cut out cookies are cute, and we make a batch every year, but about 10 minutes into decorating them, we are bored and ready to move on to something that doesn’t make our hands cramp. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (We make these butter cookies and cut them into Christmas shapes. They’re THE BEST cut out cookies.)

Enter these festive little sugar cookies with sprinkles. They’re adorable, but they’re easy. That’s a win in our book.

How to make sugar cookies with sprinkles:

We like soft, thick sugar cookies for this recipe and we really love that this recipe requires ZERO CHILL TIME to make that happen.

cookie dough for christmas cookies

This comes together like any other cookie dough: 

  1. Beat together the butter and sugars. Stir in the egg and vanilla.
  2. Beat in the dry ingredients. 
  3. Roll into balls and then roll the balls into sprinkles.
  4. Bake until they’re just set. Let cool and dig in!

We use sanding sugar here and I did two bowls – one red and one green. 

I like to use a cookie scoop to get evenly sized cookies and then roll each scoop into a ball. Divide the cookie balls into 3 sections and dip one section in the red sprinkles, one in green, and then combine the red and green and dip that last batch in that.

sprinkle sugar cookie dough

The combined red and green sprinkles are my favorite. So pretty! 

These are so easy, but they look really special in your cookie tins.

More holiday recipes: 

Like I said, we bake A LOT of Christmas treats this time of year. Fudge is certainly a favorite and we love my Oreo fudge, cookie dough fudge, and chocolate peanut butter fudge

As for cookies, we are sure to bake snowball cookies every year. These double chocolate chip cookies are so festive with red and green m&m candies. And buttons are probably our favorite easy treat of all!

Christmas sugar cookies in tin

5 from 2 votes

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
21 mins
Servings: 36 cookies
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, easy cookie recipes, kid-friendly recipes
Calories: 155 kcal

These homemade sugar cookies stay soft and chewy and there is no rolling needed! We roll them in sprinkles to keep them extra festive and fun.


  • 1 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons red sanding sugar
  • 3 tablespoons green sanding sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes with a stand mixer. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until very well combined.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined and the dough comes together.

  4. Use a medium cookie scoop to drop balls of dough on the prepared baking sheet, about 1-inch apart. Roll each piece of dough into a smooth ball.

  5. Place the red sanding sugar in a small bowl and the green sanding sugar in a second small bowl. Divide the cookies into 3 sections and roll one section through the red sugar and one through the green sugar. Combine the red and green sugar and roll the remaining cookies in the sugar.

  6. Lightly flatten the tops of the cookies and bake for 11 minutes or until edges are turning golden and tops are just slightly underdone looking.

  7. Cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
Christmas Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 129mg6%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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