Christmas Cake Cookies

Recipe Courtesy Of Ree Drummond

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time14 mins
  • Serves24
  • DifficultyEasy


385g all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
200g granulated sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) salted butter, softened
50g shortening
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
185g sour cream


8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
240g powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
2 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream
18 drops green gel paste
72 cinnamon imperials, for topping
  1.  For the cookie: Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the granulated sugar, butter and shortening. Add the eggs 1 at a time, mixing well between additions. Add the vanilla extract and vanilla seeds and mix well. Add the sour cream and mix until just combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat on low until just mixed through; the dough will be sticky. Shape into a rectangle and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. 
  3. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats. 
  4. Roll out the dough on a generously floured piece of parchment to about 1/4 inch thick and cut into 2 1/2-inch rounds. Place the rounds on the prepared baking sheets. If the dough becomes too sticky and hard to work with, move it to the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up, then continue rolling and cutting. Bake until the cookies are puffed and cooked through but have not taken on any color, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool. 
  5. For the frosting: When ready to decorate, make the frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar and salt and beat on medium until smooth and fluffy. Add the heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until the frosting is fairly thick. Add the gel paste and stir to evenly combine. 
  6. Use a butter knife to spread the frosting on the cookies, then decorate with 3 cinnamon imperials in the center of each cookie. Leave overnight to set.