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plate of Christmas sugar cookies

Easy Christmas Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Kathleen
  • Total Time: 37 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies 1x


Easy Christmas Sugar Cookies are loaded with sprinkles, extra soft, and chewy. I love that there is no rolling or cutting involved. Just roll the cookie dough into balls and bake. 


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg,room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/31 cup sprinkles, depending if you want to roll the cookies in sprinkles


  1. Whisk Dry Ingredients – In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. Mix Wet Ingredients – Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a hand mixer with a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together on medium-high. About 1 minute until creamed. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix on high speed until combined – about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom as needed.
  3. Add Dry Ingredients – Add the flour mixture to the creamed butter. Mix on low until combined. Slowly beat in the sprinkles, if you’d like (I like to use 1/3-1/2 cup). The cookie dough will be sticky and thick.
  4. Roll into Balls – Scoop and roll the dough into balls (about 1.5 tablespoons). If desired, roll the dough balls in more sprinkles. Place on a plate and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (up to 3 days).
  5. Preheat – Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  6. Bake – Place the chilled dough balls on the baking sheets, about 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look soft.
  7. Cool – Allow to cool on baking sheets for about 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool.


Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days.

Freezing: Make the cookie dough, roll into balls and freeze for up to 3 months. Frozen dough balls can be baked from frozen without thawing, but they will need an extra minute or two of bake time.

Sprinkles: Use your favorite! But avoid using nonpareils as they will bleed their color into the cookie dough. If you prefer, you could omit the sprinkles all together for plain drop sugar cookies.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Drop Sugar cookies, Christmas sugar cookies, easy sugar cookies, sprinkle sugar cookies

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