Big Crunchy Sugar Cookies Recipe

Ooh, ooh, ohh! I love me some Christmas cookies! I figured since it is the beginning of December, I really need to get a move on making some goodies for Christmas. I just got Gooseberry Patch's "Big Book of Holiday Cooking" cookbook from the library and oh man, are there some fabulous recipes in this book. I had to put it on my Amazon wishlist because there are too many great recipes I want to try, and there's no way I can make them all before this book has to be returned. There are so many different types of recipes in this cookbook. Great for the holidays and anytime of the year. You will not be disappointed!

These cookies started off being pretty messy! In my rush of getting the dough together, I started dumping the sugar in with the butter while the hand mixer was running. Bad idea. I had sugar flying all over the kitchen. Have I mentioned baking is not my friend? 

Thankfully these cookies turned out amazing! They are so thick and soft. I just love the crunchiness from the sugar on the outside. Both my daughter and I give them 2 thumbs up! Your family will love these! Thanks to Gooseberry Patch for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

Big Crunchy Sugar Cookies (print recipe)

What you need:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
assorted decorating sugars

Beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth. Add egg and vanilla, beating until blended.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to the butter mixture, beating until just blended. Shape dough into a ball, cover and chill for 2 hours.

Divide dough into 3 portions. Work with one portion at a time, and store remaining dough in the fridge. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, roll ball in decorating sugars. Place Place 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Gently press and flatten each ball to 3/ inch thickness. Bake at 375 degrees for 13-15 minutes, until edges of cookies are lightly golden. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets, remove to wire racks to chill. Makes 1/1 2 dozen.

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This recipe was shared at:
My Turn for Us
Christmas Blog Hop at Katherine Martinelli
Holiday Cookie Party at Dash Recipes
Whatcha Whipped Up at DJ's Sugar Shack
Wonderful Food Wednesday at At Home Take 2
Wednesday Extravaganza at Hungry Little Girl
Whimsy Wednesday at Smart School House
All My Bloggy Friends at Love Bakes Good Cakes
Tuesday Talent Show at Chef in Training
Mealtime Monday at Couponing and Cooking
Mix it Up Monday at Flour Me with Love
Weekend Potluck at The Country Cook
Foodie Friday at Simple Living
Creative Thursday at Michelle's Tasty Creations
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Tasty Thursday at Mandatory Mooch
Homemade by You at Pincushion Creations 


  1. Those look amazing! And so Christmasy :)

  2. I have totally done that with flour and sugar! lol. Your cookies look great, Sheena! Pinned to try!

    1. Just dropping by to let you know you will be one of the features today at All my Bloggy Friends! It goes live at 7 am EST. I can't wait to see what you share this week :)

  3. I love the looks of these sugar cookies printed off the recipe and hopefully I can make for Christmas andi thewednesdaybaker

  4. Hi Sheena,
    These cookies look so good they would be perfect for my morning coffee. Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. So fun and festive, Sheena!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Can't wait to see what you link up this week. Thanks, Nichi

  6. They look beautiful! My sugar never stays on the evenly :(

    1. Thank you! I was surprised at how well the sugar stayed on for me since I'm not much of a baker!


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