I’m so excited to share with you our family’s favorite Christmas cookie and holiday tradition, these Christmas cutout cookies with made with oatmeal and buttercream frosting. They’re really fun to make, decorate and of course, eat.
They’re Santa’s favorite too, so I’ve heard. 😉
Before you get discouraged or worse, grumpy, about the thought of making cookies from scratch, let me just take a minute to tell you—I feel you! With the hustle and bustle of the season, there never seems to be enough time to get it all done, much less do anything “extra” like making cookies from scratch. But those “extra” things are the ones that you’re going to look back on and remember.
For us, making cookies is something we carve out time to do. We set aside a full day each December to make a bunch of different cookies and we share the work. It’s a cookie-making party, complete with mimosas and snacks! So, it’s actually quite fun and is a nice distraction from the inevitable holiday stress.
Why make Christmas cookies if it’s so much work?
Don’t we have enough work to do around the holidays? Over the years our family has made these and it’s become a tradition. They are not hard to make but they do involve several steps—prepping the dough, cutting our the shapes, baking the cookies then preparing several colors of frosting. The last step though, is the most fun. We take all of our miscellaneous sprinkles from the year and we use those to decorate the cookies after we frost then. We come up with crazy patterns and color combinations, we make cookie boys and girls to looks like each member of our family and we don’t fret if they don’t look perfect. Everyone participates and all the cookies look different. The kids eat half the toppings straight out of the bowl and sneak bite of cookies while we’re not looking. Everything gets covered in flour and it’s a giant mess. So, is it a lot of work? Yeah. Does it feel like work though? Sometimes. Do we do it every year anyway? You bet!
What do I need to make these cut out cookies?
First, you’ll need a collection of Christmas cookie cutters. The larger the cookies, the easier and more fun the cookies are to decorate. I recommend a set of cookie cutters with a variety of shapes. The other item that you don’t necessarily need but I highly recommend is silicon baking sheets. The bottoms of your cookies will come out perfect if you use them and they are much easier to deal with than parchment paper. Plus they’re reusable year after year.