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Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

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"Sour Cream keeps my favorite sugar cookies extra moist," notes Lisa MacLean of Winslow, Arizona. Dress them up with a drizzle of tinted white chocolate or dip them in white chocolate, then sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • White candy coating
  • Green paste food coloring


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in the sour cream, honey and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and chill for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt white coating; stir until smooth. Stir in food coloring; drizzle over cookies. Yield: about 8 dozen.
Originally published as Christmas Sugar Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 2001, p65

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Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"I haven't baked these yet so I can't rate them, but had to put in one so I put in a 1 star rating. I wanted to know what is"ground mace"?? I've never heard of it before. Thanks so much!!"

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"This was a nice, soft sugar cookie. However, the flavor from the mace was overpowering. I would suggest either using 1/2 of the amount called for in the recipe or substitute either cinnamon or a little nutmeg in its place. I will make these cookies again, just with modifications to fit my family's tastes"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"My family loves this cookie. I thought the dough was easy to roll and cut. They are very moist after baking."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"Excellent taste and texture."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"My family and friends loved these cookies! I will make this every Christmas."

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