The BEST Christmas Cookie Recipe

Dec 18, 2010 | On Motherhood, Recipes | 14 comments

So… you’re either a loyal reader or you Googled “The Best Christmas Cookie Recipe Ever” and here you are.

Well, I’m glad to see ya!  Welcome to Parisienne Farmgirl… Bienvenue.

Step one for this recipe is easy…

Just go ahead and get rid of all those Christmas magazines and chicken scratch 3×5 card’s with so-and-so’s Christmas Cookie recipe… this is the only one you’re ever going to need again.  Ever.

This is a family recipe (like so many in my new cookbook, which you can get here!) with its origins in my aunt’s family-famous cookies… only I have to go old school and use lard… because…. dugh.  Or should I say… “because…. dough”.  Everything tastes better with lard.  And I have to have extra vanilla with everything I do because… vanilla makes me happy.

These cookies are super easy and even more super delicious.  You can totally do this.  If I can make them with all my little “helpers” then I know you can in your probably, quiet… clean… kitchen.


Shall we?


Amélie and I decided that we would wait ’til she was a bit older for The Nutcracker so today when her Daddy and Big Brother left for the Museum of Science and Industry on their “Daddy Date” we had our “Momma Date” in the kitchen… five hours of baking… just me-n-her and a little Hoolie in between naps.

What a joy she is… I let her mix, squirt, lick, spread and eat.  It was so precious.  As the middle child I don’t get the one on one time with her that I would like to.  I simply must be more intentional about that.  She is such a delight.
We made our Auntie Ruthie’s infamous Christmas Cookies (With my new MIXER!) and though I videoed it, I went to make you a little movie and the dang thing needed a charge.  I am so anxious to do more cooking and decorating videos for P.F.
For the cookie dough:
3 1/2 cups of flour
3 eggs
1 cup of lard
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons of creme of tartar
2 teaspoons of vanilla
Mix.  Chill several hours or overnight.
Bake at 350 on a cookie sheet.
For Frosting
1 stick butter
4 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons vanilla (I use one)
Or if you choose Royal Icing (for painting your cookies)
3 egg whites mixed until frothy
4 cups of powdered sugar
Mix until shiny and a stiff peak forms on your balloon wisk.
Add a couple teaspoons of hot water before filling your piping bag.  This will allow the royal icing to spread out and fill in any gaps upon application.
Decorate with fun goodies like these or these.
      You might like ALL NATURAL FOOD COLORING like we do these days or these food coloring pens which I use (not natural:).
Try not to eat all of them.
 I can’t stand it.
 Momma and her girls, a self portrait.  You try holding my camera with that huge lens out in front of you!
 Our accomplishment?  A whole countertop full of cookies for the neighbors and church.
 I tried to make a Marie Antoinette cookie… I think she is so sweet.  I would have so much fun making dozens of these with the really sparkly, gold and silver embellishments that you can buy!  Wouldn’t that be fun for a party???
 So good you can eat them plain!
Bon Appetit!
A bientôt!



  1. Adrienne

    Beautiful cookies (Marie A is outstanding)

    The chickens are looking happy, healthy, and very, very pretty!

  2. Julie

    The look of fierce concentration on Amelie’s face as she works the pastry bag is absolutely priceless.

    Looks like she thoroughly enjoyed her Date with Mommy.

  3. Dawn

    Especially photos #3 and #4!!!

  4. Kalee

    You can tell Amelie was absolutely in heaven! How delightful of a mama date! And the Marie cookie looked so good I went googling for a cookie cutter to no avail.

  5. cityfarmer

    I want one with my coffee … right now!

    precious precious precious … you KNOW how I feel ’bout J and A

  6. Cathy M~(checkitoff)

    sooo sweet! love these photos! you have a lil baker on your hands! hugs, Cathy

  7. Amy @ Homestead Revival

    It does my heart good to see moms in the kitchen with their little ones and actually letting them “help”! Precious memories will be your reward and daughters that cook alongside you with joy when their 18!
    (Although this shouldn’t be the motivation, just remember this when you’re cleaning all the mess they make now; someday they’ll be cleaning up for you or cooking your meals like my oldest did yesterday as I tried to finish painting before the carpet arrived today!)

  8. Amy @ Homestead Revival

    Did you see how I spelled “their”?? Should have been “they’re”. Drives me nuts when I do that!

  9. Josephine Rose

    These are the sweetest pictures!

    I was looking at your recipe and saw there was no sugar listed. Is there sugar in your cookies or only in the frosting?!!

    My three chickens and I have a cookie making date on Monday!!

  10. elma

    Oh my such a sweet little ones your have!! These pictures are just to sweet of her decorating!!!

  11. Julie

    OK- Another Julie said the very thing I was going to say! Your pictures of your baking and decorating date are totally adorable!

  12. Deborah

    Angela, why do you only use lard now? Is there something we need to know? I’m a little surprised you use it in sugar cookies?

    • Parisienne Farmgirl

      I haven’t been a fan of shortening for years but was never satisfied with the results of swapping out shortening for butter. Over the years I have tried to go as old fashioned as possible with my approach to cooking and baking. Then I read Nourishing Traditions and learned so much. Yes, lard in a Christmas cookie sounds weird I suppose but I fed one to someone (over 50) the other day and her eyes lit up and she said, “Ooooooo, these taste like my Great Aunt’s!”.


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