Easy Sugar Cookies + Giveaway for #ChristmasCookies Week!

Easy Sugar Cookies! Simple and delicious, these are a necessary addition to your holiday repertoire | #ChristmasCookies | cookie recipes | BearandBugEats.com

It’s December, and that means #ChristmasCookies! For the entire week, dozens of bloggers will be posting recipes from the simple to the fantastically crazy for all your cookie swap and baking ambition needs. Even better, this week is sponsored by Nielsen-Massey, which means we have a sweet giveaway!

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Easy Sugar Cookies

My first contribution to this week is an Easy Sugar Cookies recipe. I wondered if that would be too simple, but fact is: you cannot go wrong with sugar cookies, because literally everybody likes them. I was recently at a dinner where someone brought a box of sugar cookies and a box of chocolate chip for dessert, and the sugar cookies disappeared first. And then I tested this recipe and ate four while they were still cooling, so.

This recipe is my favorite sort, straightforward with high-value results. There are only a handful of ingredients, and you probably have all of them in your fridge and pantry. The only one I don’t keep around is buttermilk, since I don’t use it often. I made do with milk and a splash of white vinegar, which works just as well.

The buttermilk is used in the dough, but it’s also used to lightly brush the tops of the cookies. This makes them just that little bit softer, the perfect sugar cookie. If it seems like too much trouble, do what I did and leave a few on the first pan unbrushed as a test. It’s such a simple thing, but it makes all the difference.

Recipe from Tastes of Lizzy.



  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (337 g), plus more for dipping
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups flour (385 g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (or 1/4 cup milk, with 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar)
  • Optional: Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla; set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Gradually blend into the wet ingredients.
  4. Mix in just enough buttermilk to make the dough soft and moist, but not wet (probably 1-3 teaspoons).
  5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each ball using the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Brush each with buttermilk and add sprinkles, if desired.
  6. Bake 8 minutes, or until edges just begin to brown. Remove immediately to cooling rack.

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  3. I love frosted cranberry cookies

  4. These are so cute! Love the sprinkles.

  5. I didn’t have a favorite Christmas cookie until recently… when Tania made chocolate crinkle cookies!! I am sooo excited that you made a post about them! And the mint version *drool* 🙂

    1. Oh yay! I will probably never stop loving chocolate crinkles best, but the mint ones are pretty dang good. I think you need to make a batch and have a side-by-side comparison >.>

  6. I make sugar cookies every year four Christmas with my clients 🙂 Bonding and life skills wrapped into one.

    1. And with such delicious results!

  7. My favorite holiday cookies are cutouts. I love making them with my kids!

  8. I love jam thumbprint cookies with walnuts.

  9. Am I eligible? If not, no worries. I started to keep powdered buttermilk on hand since I would rarely use the whole carton. I’ll be trying this recipe soon.

    1. Ooh, I didn’t know powdered buttermilk was a thing! I’ll have to look out for that. Also, I do think you’re eligible 🙂

  10. Cindy's Recipes and Writings

    A good sugar cookie recipe is hard to find. Thanks for posting!

    1. You’re welcome, hope you enjoy!

  11. Sugar cookies were made for Christmas.

  12. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids

    I love that you use buttermilk in these cookies!

    1. Wish I could take credit for the idea 🙂 It’s such a small thing but it’s what makes these really great.

  13. I have a cookie my Mother use to make years ago that I also make each year and it is a “fruit cake” cookie.

    1. I’ve never heard of a fruit cake cookie! That sounds super fun.

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