Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies and a Snowy Sunday Morn

These Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies are not too sweet, with a hint of orange, decorated with a creamy frosting on top!

Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies

Friends, we woke up yesterday morning to a beautiful white blanket of snow yesterday, and it made for such a special day in the Rogue Valley!

These snow days in southern Oregon are rare, so our family of 5 nestled up in our home, enjoying the beautiful Sunday with other friends who came for brunch, took naps, watched a movie, and enjoyed relaxing together.

Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies

I’d take a day like this over a tangible gift any day! Wouldn’t you? (Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room is from Red Letter Words.)

Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies

Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies

Abby and her friends were busy in the kitchen when we went to bed on Saturday night, making Christmas cookies.

I always love when this production takes place, even though it’s quite the mess to clean up, because we pull out the same cookie cutters that I used as a little girl, that belonged to my mama.

So special. The Christmas trees were always my favorite.

My adaptation of the recipe is to add orange zest, which makes the cookies much more flavorful.

These are the familiar cookies, with crispy edges and a slightly soft middle. The have a slight puff to them, without spreading too much and losing their shape.

My problem is this: I cannot stop at just one.

Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies

Make and give away

So it’s better to not make them, but … we have plans to share them with our neighbors, so eventually they will be out of the house :)

The rains came, and eventually the snow was gone. Our friends on the other side of town got no snow, whereas we really got dumped on.

But we have high hopes in Oregon that we’ll keep getting enough snow for a very pretty White Christmas!

Do you have a secret ingredient that you add to your sugar cookies?

Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies

Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • Frosting: 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup meringue powder
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. milk (or more if needed)
  • Food coloring, optional
  • Sprinkles


  1. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl.
  2. Beat the sugar and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, until light and fluffy, about 5 minute.
  3. Beat in the egg, then the vanilla and orange zest. Add the flour mixture and mix on medium-low speed until mixed together.
    Divide the dough in half, pat into 2 round discs about 1/4 inch thick, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Let the dough sit at room temperature for a few minutes, and then roll out 1 disc of dough at a time, between 2 pieces of parchment paper, until 1/8 inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, and arrange about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  6. Bake until the cookies are golden brown on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets, and then transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.
  7. Gently gather any scraps of dough into a ball and press back together into a disc; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate the disc until firm enough to roll, about 1 hour. Cut out as many cookies as possible and bake.
  8. For the frosting: Beat the confectioners’ sugar, meringue powder and 1/3 cup water with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, in a large bowl, until stiff peaks form. Add the food coloring if using.
  9. Decorate the cookies with the icing; top with sprinkles if using.
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Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies

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2 comments on “Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies and a Snowy Sunday Morn”

  1. I add vanilla bean paste or scrape a vanilla bean pod into my dough, it creates a pretty speckle and a yummy taste!

  2. These do look yummy and I like the sound of the slightly orange taste – thanks for sharing!

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