The softest Christmas cookies you’ll ever make with cannabutter

Published Dec 21, 2021 10:00 a.m. ET
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These soft sugar cookies are to die for and are so much different from the traditional style that’s hard, dry, and crunchy. They really melt in your mouth while still delivering that glorious Christmas sugar cookies flavor you know and love, and they’re just as easy to make. Whether you’ve got the urge to create fancy designs with icing or looking for a simple recipe that doesn’t take too much skill to throw together, you’ve hit the jackpot with this one.

What are Christmas cookies?

Christmas sugar cookies are hard, with a thin coating of granulated sugar that’s sometimes coloured to make them look really festive, and these gems are practically the same, only they provide a smooth surface perfect for royal icing and a light, fluffy texture that’s so much easier to eat without downing a whole glass of water with it. They’re thicker, softer, and in many cases prettier than the originals, so if you haven’t tried them yet, then now is a perfect time!

A soft Christmas sugar cookies recipe

Make a big batch to quell a sweet tooth, wrap them up as gifts, or serve them complete with intricate designs to really put on a show for the holidays this year. Christmas cookies store well so they’re perfect for making ahead of time, and they last for ages in the freezer, so if you’re in need of a DIY gift idea, they’re a great solution!

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Chilling time: 2 hours

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Calories: 97 (per 2-inch cookie without icing)

Servings: 48

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup cannabutter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Tools

  • Large mixing bowls
  • Sifter
  • Whisk
  • Small bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • Baking sheets

Instructions

  1. Sift the salt, baking powder and flour into a bowl and then set it aside.

  2. Cream both types of butter and the sugar together in a separate bowl using an electric mixer.

  3. Whisk the eggs one at a time in a small bowl, and then slowly blend them into the butter.

  4. Gradually combine the sifted ingredients with the thick buttery mixture until it has all been thoroughly incorporated into the dough.

  5. Cover the bowl with the dough in plastic wrap and then leave it in the fridge to chill for 2 hours.

  6. Sprinkle a thin layer of flour on a clean work surface and roll out the dough on top of it with a rolling pin until the cookie sheet is approximately ¼ inch thick.

  7. Use cookie cutters to slice out any type of shape you like.

  8. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  9. Spread the cookies out evenly across the baking sheets.

  10. Bake the Christmas cookies in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.

  11. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool before decorating.

Serving/storage

Christmas sugar cookies are normally dry, but these ones will change in dryness and eventually tincture if they’re left exposed to the air in a regular cookie jar, so it’s important to keep them sealed in an airtight container. Most prefer room temperature storage as the fridge will harden them, but as long as they’re dethawed before serving, they’ll taste delicious.

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