Christmas Cookies Recipe for Classic Biscuits with Shortcrust Pastry

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Hohoho, here comes my Christmas Cookies Recipe and it’s not as heavy as Santa’s sack! 

The cookies are an evergreen of Christmas baking, just succeed and you can heat up the oven even at the last minute.

Christmassy scents then run through the house… Butter, cinnamon, lemon, vanilla, chocolate, now Christmas can come.

The classic Christmas cookies taste best when prepared with shortcrust pastry.

Does Santa Claus knock on the door? Hurry up with the baking, you don’t want to send him away without cookies! 🙂 

Here are my step-by-step instructions. I wish you a lot of fun in your Christmas bakery and good luck!

1. Recipe Christmas Cookies

But now quickly to the bakery, I wish you good luck!

Christmas Cookies with Shortcrust Pastry

Baked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 50
Calories 518
Total Time 75 Min.
Preparation Time 30 Min.
Cook Time 15 Min.

Simple tutolrial for baking Christmas cookies.

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Christmas Cookies Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Shortcrust pastry to Santa Claus

250 g flour (I use gluten-free flour!)
125 g butter (I use cold butter, for vegan variant margarine)
80 g powdered sugar
2 pc vanilla sugar
1 pinches Salt
1 pc Lemon (I use the abrasion of an organic lemon)
1 pc egg (approx. 50 g Size S)

lemon glaze

25 ml lemon juice
100 g powdered sugar

chocolate icing

100 g chocolate (I use dark chocolate.)
10 g butter (or coconut fat)


Shortcrust Pastry

to sift flour
Sieve flour

Prepare dough

Place the ingredients for the shortcrust pastry in a bowl, chop the butter into small pieces and add to the mixture, kneading quickly.

Add the egg at the end. It is best to use the kneading hooks from the hand mixer.

Wrap the shortcrust pastry in foil and let it rest.

Dough rest

Place the shortcrust pastry on cling film and wrap it up.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Professionals prepare the dough the day before and let it rest in the fridge for one night.

Roll out the shortcrust pastry
Roll out the shortcrust pastry.

Roll out

Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out 4 mm thick.

Cut out the rolled out shortcrust pastry
Cut out the rolled out shortcrust pastry.

Cut out

Cut out round cookies.

Cut out Christmas cookies
Cut out shortcrust pastry, Santa Claus likes stars!

Cut out stars

Think of Santa Claus and cut out stars in different sizes.

Christmas cookies raw on the baking sheet
Place the cut out Christmas biscuits on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.

Place cookies

Place the biscuits on a baking tray with baking paper and preheat the oven to 200° C.

Bake shortcrust pastry bases
Place the shortcrust pastry bases on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake.


Bake the cookies in the oven at 200° C for approx. 8 minutes, then allow to cool.

Decoration with chocolate glaze

Cut chocolate
Cut the chocolate into small pieces, it will melt faster in the milk.

Cut Chocolate

Cut the chocolate into small pieces.

Melt chocolate
Melt chocolate

Melt chocolate

Melt the chocolate in a stainless steel bowl over the water bath at low temperature and stir in the butter or coconut fat.

The cooled cookies either brush or carefully dip and let cool.

lemon glaze

Squeeze lemon juice
Squeeze lemon juice with the juicer.

Prepare lemon juice

Squeeze out the lemon juice and mix with the icing sugar.

Brush the cookies with the lemon glaze and let them set.

Keep cookies

Christmas cookies


You can store the cookies wonderfully in a cookie jar in a cool place.

Place a piece of paper between the biscuit layers.

2. Nutritional Information

3. Tips for Baking Christmas Cookies

Most cookie baking recipes come from my grandmother, I got my tips directly from Santa Claus and should bring them diligently among the people.

After all, Santa Claus wants to make people big and small happy.

Please share the recipe, we are happy and the heavenly blessing has been given!

Vanilla pod, or the vanilla marrow is exceptionally not used, Santa Claus has clearly whispered that to me. He wants to have the vanilla pulp in the vanilla crescents, which you can also bake!

Please make sure you cut out star-shaped cookies, Santa likes them best.

Santa Claus Tip from Chef Thomas Sixt

Next, let’s look at the decoration of biscuits…

Cut short pastry, you should have different cutters at hand! © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer
The Christmas cookies with sugar decoration are a wonderful, colourful affair. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

4. Decorate Christmas Cookies

The following table shows some ideas, if you can think of other deco variants please write a comment directly at the end of the page, I’d be happy to add!

Without decorationLeave the biscuits without decoration after baking.
Lemon glaze / sugar glazeMix a little lemon juice with icing sugar and spread on the mixture
egg yolkCoat biscuits with egg yolk before baking
coloured glazePaint biscuits with food colours.
sugar sprinklesDecorate the biscuits with sugar icing and sugar sprinkles.
gold dustDecorate the biscuits with sugar icing and gold jam.
chocolate icingDip or brush the biscuits in liquid chocolate.
Christmas cookies with chocolate icing are always fine! © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

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