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!
Holiday Sugar Cookies
- 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.