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Sugar cookies and Christmas morning

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

In the Hispanic culture, we usually celebrate Christmas on December 24th - “La noche Buena.” Families get together and feast on all kinds of delicious dishes. In my family, we celebrate all evening as the kids play, and right before dinner, they break the “piñata.” After dinner, the family sits in the living room for a gift exchange.

The next morning, on December 25, children wake up to a Christmas tree full of presents from Santa Claus, or in Venezuelan families “el niño Jesus.” The children continue playing with their toys all day and everyone eats leftovers, or “recalentado,” as we reheat the foods from the night before and enjoy them all over again.

My husband is from the U.S., and in his culture, the main celebration is on December 25, as kids wake up early to open gifts left by Santa and by their dear ones. The day often centers around food and staying comfortable at home.

One of the things that I find most enjoyable about the season is the Christmas sugar cookies!

I love to see the perfection of the imperfect ways the family members decorations their cookies. That is the reason why I decided to share my recipe for Christmas sugar cookies, not ‘perfect’ as many bloggers might try to do, but with imperfect, fun decorations made by my family. We had so much fun making them! And I hope you and your family do as well.

We here at Joha’s Table wish you all the best during the holidays.

Enjoy these cookies and ¡Feliz Navidad!

Christmas Sugar cookies



2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

2 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt


3 cups powdered sugar, sifted

3 Tbsp. milk

1 Tbsp. light corn syrup

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Food coloring

Sprinkles for decorating optional



1. In a large bowl (or stand mixer bowl), add butter and sugar and beat until creamy.

2. Add vanilla and egg, keep mixing until well mixed.

3. In a separated bowl, mix dry ingredient (salt, baking powder and flour).

4. Slowly start adding dry ingredients to the butter mix.

5. Once well combined, divide the dough in three parts and place them in separate plastic bags, or separately wrap them with plastic wrap. Keep in fridge for about 3 hours.

6. After 3 hours, preheat oven at 350°F (175°C).

7. Remove dough from refrigerator and place on a clean surface sprinkled with flour, and roll it into a rectangular shape. The dough should be about 1/8” thick (1/2 cm).

8. Cut shapes using cookie cutters and place them onto a baking sheet.

9. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.

10. Remove from oven and let cool. They should NOT be warm when adding frosting, allow to cool completely.


Mix corn syrup, vanilla, milk and powdered sugar, stir well. If the frosting is too thick, add more milk (a little at the time). If the frosting is too thin, add some more powdered sugar.

If using different colors, divide the mix in different bowls and add food coloring until the mix reaches the desire color.

Place the mix in piping bags to start decorating. If you don’t have piping bag, use a ziploc bag and cut a small hole in a corner.

Decorate your cookies and let them dry for a few minutes before enjoying them!

Have fun and Merry Christmas!

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