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Holiday Sugar Cookies with Icing

Tender, buttery, and cakey sugar cookies with a hint of cinnamon. These Holiday Sugar Cookies with Icing are a classic sugar cookie with a little holiday cheer!

If you’re looking for more holiday cookies, try some of my other favorites like my Candy Cane Crunch Dark Chocolate Cookies, Cinnamon Pecan YiaYia Cookies, or my Frosted Gingerbread Cookies.

holiday sugar cookies with icing
holiday sugar cookies with icing

Why You'll Love This Recipe

You will love this recipe for Holiday Sugar Cookies with Icing! This simple yet festive recipe is a classic soft and cakey sugar cookie with a hint of cinnamon. It’s topped with a sweet icing and to make it seasonal, I add festive Christmas sprinkles!

The best part about this recipe is this classic cookie is always a crowd pleaser! You can also make this recipe for any holiday or anytime, and just change up the sprinkles to match the occasion.

holiday sugar cookies with icing

Ingredients for Holiday Sugar Cookies with Icing

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Florida Crystals Organic Powdered Sugar

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Frontier Co-Op Organic Korintje Cinnamon

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour (use code MIMIORGANIC15 for 15% off your order!)

Frontier Co-Op Baking Powder

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream

ColorKitchen Foods Nonpareil Confetti Sprinkles

India Tree Nature's Colors Snowflake Sprinkles

India Tree Nature's Colors Decorating Sugars

ColorKitchen Foods Christmas Tree Sprinkles

holiday sugar cookies with icing

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer (or hand mixer)

Baking Sheet Half Sheet Pan (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off my favorite stainless steel sustainable bakeware!)

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

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holiday sugar cookies with icing

How to Make Holiday Sugar Cookies with Icing

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2

To make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Mix on low until combined. Add the eggs, flour, baking soda, and sea salt in that order and mix until combined into a stiff dough.

Step 3


Using your hands, form the dough into 18 balls and place on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten them slightly so they are about 2-inches in diameter.

Step 4

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges and cracked and set in the middle. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets. (If you're baking at high altitude, be sure to look at the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude baking times.)

Step 5

To make the icing: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the powdered sugar, butter, and heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined, then speed mixer up to high for 1 minute or until the icing is light and fluffy.

Step 6

Using a butter knife, spatula, or a piping bag if you like, frost each cookie with icing. Sprinkle them with holiday sprinkles or decorations.

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holiday sugar cookies with icing
holiday sugar cookies with icing

Tips for Holiday Sugar Cookies with Icing

  • I always like to use parchment paper as cookies don’t ever stick when using parchment paper. My favorite nontoxic parchment paper is from Kana, use my code MIMIBAKES for 10% off!
  • I use my hands to form the cookies into balls, and then flatten them just slightly. It you want to use a scoop or spoon you can do that as well, but be sure to flatten the cookies to about 2-inches in diameter.
  • After the cookies come out of the oven, I immediately use a cookie cutter to swirl them around and make them perfectly round! You can also use a glass if you don’t have a cookie cutter. And, you can even use a butter knife, just lightly poke the sides in on the places they are not perfectly round and it works just as good!
  • I just use a butter knife to frost these, but if you want to use a spatula or even a piping bag, you can do that as well! Whatever is easiest for you works just fine!
  • If you are gifting these or serving for a party, I would recommend making the night before so the icing can set. Otherwise, it’s sticky and will stick to the other cookies if they are stacked. I prefer to bake at night, and then put the whole cookie sheet in the freezer to set the icing overnight. Then they can be easily stacked packed up the following day.
  • Make sure to store these in an airtight container after the icing sets so they keep their soft, pillowy texture!
  • I listed the sprinkles I used, but you can use any kind you like. If you are making these for a birthday you can just use rainbow sprinkles, or Valentine’s Day or Easter you can also use seasonal sprinkles to make them festive for any holiday!
holiday sugar cookies with icing

FAQ's

Can I make these gluten free?

Yes! I have a Note at the bottom of the recipe for making these gluten free. I also list my favorite gluten free flour blend.

Can I make these at high altitude?

Yes! If you're traveling to the mountains this holiday season (or if you live at high altitude, which is anything above 5,000 feet) then you can check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude baking times. All of my recipes can be made at high altitude just by checking the notes!

Can I flavor the icing?

Yes! If you want to make these even more festive, you could add peppermint extract into the icing. Try adding 1 teaspoon, taste it, and then go from there.

How should I store these?

These Holiday Sugar Cookies with Icing should be stored in an airtight container so they retain their soft and chew texture.

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holiday sugar cookies with icing

Holiday Sugar Cookies with Icing

Mimi Council
Soft and pillowy sugar cookies with a hint of cinnamon are iced to perfection and adorned with holiday sprinkles for festive cookies your guests will love!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 18 cookies
Calories 243 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Dough

Icing

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • To make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Mix on low until combined.
  • Add the eggs, flour, baking soda, and sea salt in that order and mix until combined into a stiff dough.
  • 
Using your hands, form the dough into 18 balls and place on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten them slightly so they are about 2-inches in diameter.
  • Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges and cracked and set in the middle. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets.
  • To make the icing: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the powdered sugar, butter, and heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined, then speed mixer up to high for 1 minute or until the icing is light and fluffy.
  • Using a butter knife, spatula, or a piping bag if you like, frost each cookie with icing. Sprinkle them with holiday sprinkles or decorations.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

Notes

Gluten Free — Replace the all purpose flour with 310 grams (2 cups) gluten free flour blend.
High Altitude — Bake at 375°F for 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges and cracked and set in the middle.

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 169mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 287IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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