German Christmas Sugar Cookies

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These German Christmas sugar cookies are equal parts flavor and Christmas cheer. These rich, buttery sugar cookies are baked to golden brown perfection and topped with pretty sprinkles to really make them pop.

Closeup shot of German Christmas sugar cookies stacked atop one another on wooden board

I’ve always loved to make cookies for the holidays. They’re a simple, easy way of adding cheer and sweet flavors to the season. These sugar cookies have both in spades, with their sweet buttery flavor and their pretty sprinkle accents.

German Christmas Sugar Cookies

Other than family and friends, when I think of the holidays, I think of cookies and decorations. I love these cookies because they have a great flavor and they actually look like they’re decorated with Christmas lights. The gold and silver sprinkles give a glittery look that is so much fun.

Closeup shot of hand holding a cookie over more cookies

Ingredients

This is a very simple recipe that only takes a few easy ingredients to make. You probably already have them in your kitchen right now.

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • butter
  • white sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • sprinkles of your choice
Overehead shot of cookie ingredients

Instructions

It only takes a few quick steps to make these delicious cookies. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time!

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Step 2: In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

Step 3: In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together until smooth.

Step 4: Add egg and vanilla and beat again.

Overhead shot of butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla in mixing bowl

Step 5: Add flour mixture and beat until dough forms. The dough will be crumbly at first but will eventually come together.

Step 6: Using a 1-inch cookie dough scoop, scoop dough and roll into round balls. Place on a greased baking sheet.

Closeup shot of hand holding sugar cookie dough ball

Step 7: Using the smooth bottom of a glass, press each ball of dough down until they are about 1/2- inch thick.

Closeup shot of glass pressing down the cookie dough

Step 8: Place sprinkles in a small bowl.

Step 9: Take flattened cookie dough and push each into the sprinkles. Place dough back on the baking sheet, sprinkle side up.

Closeup shot of hand dipping cookie into sprinkles

Step 10: Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden. Allow to cool for 3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Equipment

It doesn’t take much of anything to make these delicious cookies. You’ll only need a few items.

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spoon
  • Hand mixer
  • Baking sheet

Substitutions

Holiday Candies: You can use holiday-colored chocolate candies in place of sprinkles.

Margarine: Margarine can be used in equal amounts in place of butter.

 Closeup shot of stack of German Christmas sugar cookies with bite taken out of top cookie

Options

Looking for ways to change these German Christmas sugar cookies up? Here are some suggestions.

No Sprinkles: You can leave the sprinkles off of these cookies if you want them plain.

Top with Sanding Sugar: If you’re looking for some bling without the sprinkles, try sanding sugar.

Tips:

  • Fully soften your butter to ensure the best texture possible.
  • When creaming your butter and sugar, keep going until it’s light and fluffy.
  • Be sure not to overcook your cookies. Remember, they’ll cook a bit more even after they’re removed from the oven.
German Christmas sugar cookies stacked atop one another on table

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FAQ

How long are sugar cookies good?

These cookies will keep for up to 2 weeks at room temperature in an airtight container.

Can you freeze sugar cookies?

Yes. They freeze very well and will keep for a couple of months in the freezer.

How do you freeze cookies?

Ope-air freeze the cookies on a cookie sheet. Then, transfer the frozen cookies to an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.

German Christmas Sugar Cookies

Ready to cook these German Christmas sugar cookies? Then print the recipe card below.

Yield: 30 cookies

German Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

German Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour 

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 1⁄2 cups white sugar

  • 1 egg 

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sprinkles of your choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together until smooth.
  4. Add egg and vanilla and beat again.
  5. Add flour mixture and beat until dough forms. Dough will be crumbly at first but will eventually come together.
  6. Using a 1-inch cookie dough scoop, scoop dough and roll into round balls. Place on a greased baking sheet.
  7. Using the smooth bottom of a glass, press each ball of dough down until they are about 1/2- inch thick.
  8. Place sprinkles in a small bowl.
  9. Take flattened cookie dough and push each into the sprinkles. Place dough back on the baking sheet, sprinkle side up.
  10. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden.
  11. Allow to cool for 3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Nutrition Information

Yield

30

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 138Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 22mgSodium 101mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 0gSugar 10gProtein 1g

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