The big guy (a.k.a. Santa) is going to love these festive, homemade cutout sugar cookies. Be sure to make enough for the elves (a.k.a. the kiddos) to enjoy, too.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 8 minutes

Servings: Makes 3-4 dozen cookies


  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Sanding sugar


In a large bowl, cream butter and shortening with a mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add egg, milk, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, salt and 1 cup flour and continue beating on medium speed. Add remaining 1 cup flour and beat until soft dough forms. Divide dough into 2 disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2-3 hours.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Roll out chilled dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thick. Cut desired shapes using a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Sprinkle cookies with sanding sugar and lightly pat to help sugar adhere. Bake cookies until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned, about 7-8 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


ORANGE & FIELD TIP: These cookies are versatile when it comes to decorating. If you choose to use royal icing instead of sanding sugar, let the cookies cool completely before decorating.