Decorating Christmas Cookies {Butter Cookie Recipe}

It’s Recipe Day at the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash and I thought I’d share my Butter Cookie recipe!

Be sure to head over to Simply Sweet Home for lots of great recipes!

Last weekend we had our second Drop In and Decorate Party!

These cookies were bagged in sixes and are being delivered this morning to

The Agape Food Pantry.

This time Heather and a couple of her friends came to help!!

I make our cut out cookies with a family favorite recipe from my sister-in-law


Butter Cookies

Yield: approx 30-35 large cookies or 60 smaller cookies

Butter Cookies


  • 2 Cup butter (NOT margarine – I use salted butter)
  • 1-1/2 Cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 6 Cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. cream butter and sugar
  2. add egg, milk and vanilla.
  3. add baking powder, salt
  4. add flour one cup at a time, stopping to combine each cup
  5. form into 2 balls, chill at least 1 hour (If I leave it over night, I take it out of the fridge a good hour or so before rolling
  6. break into 3 pieces and roll out and cut
  7. Bake at 400 for 5-8 mins (the large cookies I do for 9 mins)


Royal Icing

Yield: 3 cups

Royal Icing

I use the recipe that comes with Wilton meringue powder


  • 3 Tbsp Wilton Meringue Powder
  • 1 pound (4 cups) SIFTED powdered sugar
  • 6 Tbsp warm water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract (optional)


  1. Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 mins at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 mins at high speed with a hand-held mixer)


One batch of icing is enough for one batch of the recipe I posted above.

Bridget of Bake at 350 has great tips for royal icing –

you can MUST read them here.

Click here to see all of my cookie related posts for more tips, tricks and pictures.

Want to know more about Drop In and Decorate? click here to see all of my previous posts

**EDITED TO SAY: Several people have asked me about the book you see laying on the table while we iced the cookies – we used it for inspiration, Wilton’s Cookie Exchange – you can find it here

(Click this picture to see all of the pictures from our 1st weekend Drop In and Decorate Party.)