Holiday Sugar Cookies [Recipe]

Holiday Sugar Cookies [Recipe]

You can’t go wrong with a classic sugar cookie recipe. And if you do, well you can always cover it up with a ton of icing! ? Typically these cookies can get pretty high in fat but I made a sneaky substitute for another ingredient that still preserved the flavor and texture of these delightful holiday treats.

When you live in a warm climate, it can be a little challenging to find that festive feeling. There’s really no better way to get in to the holiday spirit though than blasting your favorite Christmas tunes and whipping up a batch of buttery, sugar cookies! I’d been looking for an excuse to scratch make some cookies and then I got an early Christmas gift from my mum – a beautiful KitchenAid mixer!

I knew I’d have some willing recipients at our local CrossFit box, so I got to work with this classic holiday cookie recipe that I knew would be a real crowd pleaser – let’s face it, they’d have to be really terrible cookies to not be well received by a mob of hungry crossfitters!

These cookies were a HUGE hit with all the members at my CrossFit box – I’m not even mildly exaggerating when I say they were all gone in under 5 minutes. I guess they thought it was “smash cookies for time”. ? I think the cream cheese addition really helped boost the buttery and creamy taste of these classic sugar cookies!

Dough in kitchen aid

Dough wrapped up in film

Christmas tree cookie cutter

Christmas tree cookies


Holiday Sugar Cookies

Roz Ackerman
Happy holidays! Gather up some friends and have yourself a good old cookie decorating party! 🙂
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
resting time 2 hours
Total Time 42 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 137 kcal


  • 1/2 cup 227g Butter
  • 6 tbsp 168g Green Mountain Greek Cream Cheese & Yogurt
  • 200 g sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 0.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder


  • Cream the butter and cream cheese with the sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. If you have a kitchen mixer I highly recommend using it!
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla. Next add the flour and baking powder and mix until well combined.
  • Take your dough and place it on a large piece of plastic wrap and flatten well. Wrap well and chill for at least an hour.
  • Preheat your oven to 375˚.
  • Sprinkle flour over your work surface and roll out about half the dough to 1/8 thickness (keep the other half of your dough in the fridge until you're ready to use).
  • Using the cookie cutters of your choice cut your dough and place on a lined cookie sheet about 1/2 an inch apart. You can use parchment paper or if you have it I love silicone baking sheets.
  • Bake for roughly 9-12 minutes (depending on your oven!) until cookies start to brown on the edges and are firm to touch. Allow to cool on the tray for a couple minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.
  • Round up some kiddy winks or a group of friends and have some fun decorating these delicious cookies with icing and sprinkles! You really don't have to be a pro decorator to make these cookies look festive & delicious.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 54mgPotassium: 4mgSugar: 10gVitamin A: 200IUCalcium: 10mg
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