A Kid-Friendly Festive Sugar Cookie Recipe (With Recipe Linky)

We kick off the holiday season each year with a progressive Christmas dinner. It’s a fantastic way to spend time with family and share some of our favorite holiday recipes before the craziness of the holiday season begins to take a toll on us!

While each family takes turns hosting the appetizers, main course and desserts, everyone always wants to contribute to the dessert course, and we all bring along a dish!

This year, I tried a new sugar cookie recipe and added my own personal touch – more sugar!

kid friendly festive sugar cookies


Festive Sugar Cookie Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 3 dozen cookies
This simple sugar cookie recipe is made perfect for the Christmas season with red and green sugar sprinkles!
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup pancake syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp red sugar sprinkles
  • 2 tbsp green sugar sprinkles
  1. Place sugar and butter in large bowl and beat at medium speed until well blended.
  2. Add eggs, syrup and vanilla and beat until fluffy.
  3. Combine 3 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and mix thoroughly with a whisk, then gradually add to the butter mixer and beat at a low speed just until well blended.
  4. Divide dough into four equal balls and place each on plastic wrap, adding in ½ tbsp colored sprinkles to each ball and fold gently until sugar is mixed into dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Sprinkle flour on a large sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper. Working with one ball of dough at a time, place dough on floured surface and roll to ¼ inch thickness with a rolling pin.
  7. Cut dough into shapes with a cookie cutter, or use the mouth of a small glass to cut dough into shapes. If dough becomes too sticky, place back in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until firm.
  8. Place cut dough 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of red and green sugar sprinkles.
  9. Bake for 8 minutes at 375 degrees for softer cookies, 10 minutes for crisper cookies.

There’s really nothing more festive than a good, old fashioned sugar cookie recipe for Christmas!

This is such a quick and easy recipe that it’s perfect for making on an afternoon after school, and the kids can get involved by sprinkling colored sugar of their choice on top before baking!

What is your favorite holiday cookie recipe?

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