A good recipe for Christmas cookies calls for butter, powdered sugar, all-purpose flour, vanilla extract and almond extract with a buttercream frosting. Some other good recipes include chocolate thumbprint cookies, snickerdoodles, white chocolate cranberry cookies, chocolate snowballs and gingerbread crisp cutouts.
Make classic Christmas sugar cookies by combining 1 cup of softened butter and 1 cup of confectioners' sugar in a bowl until fluffy, then beating in 1 egg, 1 1/2 teaspoons of almond extract and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon of salt, and add it to the butter and egg mixture. Chill the cookie dough for at least one hour before rolling it out on a floured surface and cutting it with shaped Christmas cookie cutters. Bake in a 375 degree oven for seven to nine minutes.
While the cookies cool, make the frosting. Mix together 6 tablespoons of softened butter, 3 cups of confectioners' sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 2 to 4 tablespoons of 2-percent milk. Add food coloring as desired, and frost the cooled cookies. Sprinkle the frosted cookies with colored sugar, glitter or other edible decorations for a festive touch.