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These adorable Handprint Christmas Sugar Cookies are just about the cutest (and tastiest) holiday cookies, ever!
I might be just a little bit obsessed over these magical cookies. They’re not only a fun way to bake up a Christmas treat and enjoy them, but they’re also adorable in how they’re the actual size of your child’s hands!
There aren’t many snacks and treats out there that showcase the cuteness of your child in a way that is tasty and sweet, too.
Think of these cute Christmas cookies as the edible version of handprint crafts!
What makes these handprint Christmas sugar cookies super fun is that everyone in your family is a part of making them.
Little ones and big kids get their hands traced. Older ones can do it themselves and even decorate! Even toddlers and preschoolers can help add some sprinkles or candies. Make it a family holiday baking session!
Have fun when making these cookies, a simple and unique way to also talk about how to make homemade sugar cookies. Ask your children if their hands grew or if the cookies shrunk just a tad bit in the oven. Their answers are certain to make you smile!
What age is this fun Sugar Cookie activity geared towards?
It’s actually fun for all ages, but definitely toddlers on up (or kids who have the patience to get their hands traced). This is because if their hands are too tiny, they won’t bake up quite right.
And while that’s okay, it just means that you’ll be decorating a “blob” more than a handprint. (but as long as you’re doing it together, you can’t go wrong!)
If they are able to, have your child trace out their own hand and be a part of the action. It will teach them to concentrate and follow directions as well.
What is the best method for tracing handprints to make these Christmas cookies?
The best way is to make your own template. Trace your child’s handprint over a piece of white paper with a marker and then place parchment over it and trace lightly with a pencil. Cut out and use that parchment handprint as a “cookie cutter” to cut the sugar cookie dough.
Do I need to be a cake decorator to make these?
No of course not! This is a kid-friendly food site and we strive for cute and simple here. These days, you can buy store-bought icings and sprinkles in virtually any supermarkets. We did this purposely and show them decorated with common decorating supplies so anyone can make these.
The santa cookies have a simple two tone shape, the Christmas tree cookies are simply piped and decorated with colorful candies, and the heart cookie is just icing with sprinkles on top!
How do you store these Handprint Sugar Cookies Once Baked?
Once you bake them and remove them from the oven, regardless of if you’re going to decorate them right away, you need to let them cool completely before storing them. This is because if you store them while they’re hot, they’re going to have excess moisture from the steam and it will make them too soft.
Just let them cool down and then store them in an airtight container if you aren’t decorating them right away. They last at least a week.
Once decorated, you have to be careful to not stack them since even if the icing hardens a bit they are quite delicate. Store decorated cookies in an air-tight container at room temperature. If it’s too warm in your home, the icing might melt, but I’m guessing that won’t happen in winter when you make these.
What is the best sugar cookie recipe to make these?
We used a shortbread type of cookie recipe using just butter, sugar and flour (no eggs or liquids). The reason is because you want these handprint cookies to remain as close in shape to your child’s handprint and not spread or break or puff up too much, like other cookies.
Make sure to scroll down to watch the video below to see how we made these adorable handprint sugar cookies.
Handprint Christmas Sugar Cookies – Ingredients
*See recipe below for the decorating supplies
Handprint Christmas Sugar Cookies
- 2 sticks butter unsalted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- icing Tubes in red, white and green, we used Betty Crocker
- assorted Christmas sprinkles
- mini M&M
- cinnamon Imperials, similar to Red Hots candy. If you can't find them, a mini red M&M should be fine too.
- googly candy eyes
- piping tips we used the ones by Betty Crocker which fit right on top of these icing tubes
- Cream two sticks of softened unsalted butter with 1 cup white sugar in a mixer until fluffy on med-high speed - about 5-6 minutes. Scrape down bowl in between mixing so butter and sugar are well mixed. Add 2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour and 1/4 tsp kosher salt and mix on low-med speed until dough form. Note: it may be crumbly, but you can mix dough with your hands so it comes together, similar to a pie crust. Separate dough into two flattened discs, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes or so. You just want it chill enough so it's not too sticky to roll out but not too cold so it cracks.
Lightly flour your surface and rolling pin. Roll dough out to at least 3/8" thick or a bit more, not too thin as you will need these to be thick to decorate and not break. Lightly flour dough to roll out as needed.Use your parchment handprint and use a knife to cut around the handprint. Once you've cut out your handprint it helps to "separate" the fingers a big with the knife. and push in any jagged crumbs, you can pinch with your fingers too. Use a spatula to lift handprint cookie to a parchment lined baking sheet. Place handprints on tray two inches apart. Place tray in fridge to chill before baking for 20 minutesPreheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 15-20 minutes until the edges become golden brown. That's when you know they are done. Take tray of oven and allow cookies to cool on baking pan before removing to decorate.
- Please watch the video for this step, it's super easy this way!