“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ”

― Mary Ellen Chase

Christmas time is tightly woven with cookies. We always bake a couple of batches to share with our friends and family. It’s like Christmas cards to us, everyone needs one on Christmas Day. We’ve seen lots of recipes floating around, and we have tried even more and finally, we can safely say we have the perfect one. It’s foolproof, flavorful and bakes lovely!

plate with christmas cookies

These cookies are a lovely black canvas for decorating with royal icing. We have tried them with chocolate chips, filled with marmalade, dipped in chocolate, dipped in glaze … you name it. However, for Christmas day we highly suggest the ones decorated with royal icing. Not only it looks good, but it’s also a lovely + festive activity!

Now, let’s move on to the taste. They have butter and vanilla so they taste like Scottish shortbread cookies or like a Christmas morning. The taste is foolproof, everyone will like it and will go well with every topping you choose to cover them with! We dipped them in dark chocolate and red pepper one year and they sure tasted divine!

Sold? Scroll down for the recipe and how-to!

*For the dough*

500 g butter

2 cups of sugar

6-7 cups of flour

2 eggs

vanilla

*how to make the dough* In your mixer or hand mixer, beat the butter with the sugar for a few minutes until smooth. The slowly add the eggs. The last step is to add the dry ingredients and you have it! Roll your dough on a surface and cut your shapes. Place them to a lined tray with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 180 C and bake your cookies for 10-11 minutes or until the sides of the cookies start to get an amber color.

hand holding christmas cookie dough

*For the icing*

450-500 g confectioner sugar

3 egg whites

vanilla

cream of tartar

*how to make the icing* Beat all the ingredients until they are incorporated. Not for too long as it makes small bubbles in your icing. Fill your piping bags and get started on these cookies. You can be as creative as you want with these! To color your icing, you can use food colors in your liking + use all the festive sprinkles you can find!

Really, it’s all about you when making them! You can be as traditional, as minimal or as pop as you like! Use your imagination and everything will look divine!

Do you have baking traditions? What’s your absolute must Christmas treat?

Let us know!