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Fun Christmas Cookies - Handprint Cookies for the Holidays

Agnes Hsu
These adorable Handprint Christmas Sugar Cookies are just about the cutest (and tastiest) holiday cookies, ever!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 2 sticks butter unsalted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Decorating Ingredients

  • 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
  • toothpicks
  • 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 minutes
    Preheat 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. 

Decorating Cookies

  • Please watch the video for this step, it's super easy this way!


All decorating supplies found in the baking aisles of large common supermarkets.
Don't use Silpat as they will spread too much. 
Reverse handprint to make right and left hands if you'd like or trace two versions.
I was able to use the same parchment handprint template for all cookies, no need to cut out more than one 
Keyword christmas cookies
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