Super easy Christmas cookies

A lot of ready-made doughs (like some Pillsbury and Nestle brands) contain potential allergens. This recipe, based on my Grandma Mary’s classic Christmas cookies, is almost as easy as slice and bake dough and yet it’s much, much tastier. These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are so easy and they taste like bakery butter cookies.


  • 1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar, scant
  • Yolk of one egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (McCormick or Nielsen-Massey brand)
  • Red and green decorator’s sugar (I use Cake Mate brand) or white granulated sugar, for topping.


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk and beat until combined. Mix salt with flour and add gradually to butter mixture. Add vanilla. Dough will be stiff.
  2. Roll into small balls, about one teaspoon and place on non-stick cookie sheet. Flatten with fork in a cross-hatch pattern and sprinkle with red and green decorator’s sugar. Bake 7-9 minutes or until bottoms are very lightly brown. Let cool on cookie sheet and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
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