When my sister and I come home for the Holidays my mom goes to extreme measures to make us feel loved. (Go mom) This year she is conducting Elf on the Shelf Special Edition.


Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas Tradition where the little elf keeps watch over the children of the house and reports back to the North Pole each night to tell Santa if the kids have been naughty or nice. Every morning he appears in a different place in the house and it’s up to the kids to find out where he is.

When we first got our elf Charlie when I was in high school, he did not get packed away with all the Christmas decorations. My mom played Elf on the Shelf for 365 days.

This year she’s hiding Charlie in a different place every day and my sister and I have to compete to find him first. Whoever wins, gets a prize.

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I told my sister she couldn’t cheat because Charlie would tell Santa and she would be put on the Naughty list. 😉

I, on the other hand, know for a fact I’m on the nice list because I just made a massive batch of Santa’s favorite cookies. Christmas Sugar Cookies.

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This recipe makes the most puffy, soft and white sugar cookies you have ever tasted. Nothing is worse than a flat sugar cookie that you could kill Goliath with if you swung it at his head. I can assure you, this recipe won’t do that.

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In case you missed the last 2 baking videos, I have the links for you here! Check them out!

Day 1: Cranberry Bliss Bars: Click HERE

Day 2: Peanut Butter Fudge: Click HERE

Here is the Full Recipe for the Christmas Sugar Cookies

  • 2 sticks of butter (softened)
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 1¼ cups sugar (plus a ¼ cup for dipping a glass into)
  • 2 Tbs. water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 5½ cups all-purpose flour
For the Frosting:
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. milk
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Add the butter, oil and sugar to a mixing bowl. Mix until combined.
  3. Add the water and vanilla. Mix together. Add eggs one at a time.
  4. Add the baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and flour to the bowl. Mix until completely incorporated.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop or a medium spoon, make balls of dough. Using a flat bottom glass that has been dipped in sugar, flatten the cookies a little bit.
  6. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Combine frosting ingredients together. Whip until creamy.
  8. Frost cookies and decorate with sprinkles and candy!

I hope you enjoy making and decorating these cookies and that it becomes a family tradition in your house. Don’t forget to smile today and remember the reason we celebrate Christmas; Jesus came to save you!

Happy baking!

Love always,

Nicole #dostuff #bakestuff #merrymerry

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