12 Days of Christmas Recipes… Day 6 – Cherri’s Rolled Christmas Sugar Cookies

Cherri’s Rolled Christmas Sugar Cookies

By author Cherri via Dish Ditty


  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Shortening
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt


Let your kids help decorate them with a simple icing and sprinkles. Our favorite icing to use for these cookies is from the back of the Powdered Sugar box.

Christmas Wreath Cookies. Cut rolled dough with doughnut cutter. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Decorate with candied cherry rings and pieces of citron arranged to represent holly.
Coconut Cookies. Cut rolled dough with round cookie cutter. Brush with melted butter or margarine and sprinkle with shredded coconut, plain or tinted with food coloring.

Filled Cookies. Cut dough with round cutter. Cover half with Fig or Date Filling (p. 197). Brush edges with milk and cover with remaining cookies. Press edges together with tines of fork.

Pinwheel Cookies. Divide dough into two portions. Add 2 oz melted unsweetened chocolate to one portion. Roll each portion into the same size sheet, 1/8 inch thick. Place chocolate dough over the white dough and press together. Roll as for jelly roll. Chill thoroughly. Cut into thin slices.

Original Recipe from Margaret Strickland given to my mom, Cherri:

  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 1/2 C Shortening
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 1/2 C Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 1/2 Tsps Vanilla


Step 1
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt & baking powder. Using a mixer, beat butter & shortening until blended. Add sugar, eggs & vanilla and beat until fluffy. Slowly add the flour mixture, stirring completely after each addition.
Step 2
IMPORTANT: Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
Step 3
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Step 4
Working with 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll out on to a lightly floured surface (about 1/8" thick) and cut into desired shapes. NOTE: The dough will be sticky, you will need to flour the board AND the rolling pin and the cookie cutters.
Step 5
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom.

12 Days of Christmas… Day 6

Cherri’s Rolled Christmas Sugar Cookies

Day 6 of 12 Days of Christmas Recipes is just in time for you to make the most classic Christmas cookie, the rolled Christmas sugar cookie. This is not your sugar bomb cookie. Instead it’s a lightly sweet tender cookie that has been a staple in my family since before I was born.

Cherri's Rolled Christmas Sugar Cookies

Cherri’s Rolled Christmas Sugar Cookies

Cherri's Rolled Christmas Sugar Cookies

Cherri’s Rolled Christmas Sugar Cookies

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