Christmas Twist Cookies

These easy slice-and-bake cookies are going to wow everyone at the holiday party.

christmas twist cookies

Brie Goldman


The twist on these slice-and-bake cookies is a decorating technique that's all in the dough. Our Test Kitchen's simple instructions will walk you through the process step-by-step for perfect results. Colorful sugar is the finishing touch for festive sparkle.

For cookies on demand, keep a couple of dough logs in the fridge to slice and bake as needed. You don’t even have to bake all the cookies at once: Just slice off as much as you need each time.


  • 1 cup butter

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tbsp vanilla

  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 tsp red and green gel food coloring

  • 1 tbsp water

  • red decorating sugar


  1. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat on medium 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in one of the eggs and the vanilla. Beat in flour until combined.

  2. Divide dough into thirds; tint one portion red and one portion green with food coloring. Leave remaining portion plain. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap; chill 30 to 60 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

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    christmas twist cookies

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  3. On a lightly floured surface roll each portion into a 12-inch rope. Place ropes side by side. Twist ropes together; lightly roll into a smooth log. Combine remaining egg and the water. Brush over roll. Place decorating sugar on a sheet of parchment paper; roll log in sugar to coat. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill until firm enough to slice (1 to 2 hours in the refrigerator or 30 minutes in the freezer). 

  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Use a sharp knife to cut log into ¼-inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove; cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

68 Calories
4g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 67.8
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.1g 5%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
Cholesterol 17.9mg 6%
Sodium 67.9mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 6.9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 1%
Total Sugars 2.9g
Protein 0.8g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 8.8mg 1%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Potassium 10.1mg 0%
Fatty acids, total trans 0.2g
Vitamin D 1.7IU
Alanine 0g
Arginine 0g
Ash 0.3g
Aspartic acid 0.1g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 0mcg
Choline, total 7.6mg
Copper, Cu 0mg
Cystine 0g
Energy 283.7kJ
Fluoride, F 0.4mcg
Folate, total 10.7mcg
Glutamic acid 0.2g
Glycine 0g
Histidine 0g
Isoleucine 0g
Leucine 0.1g
Lysine 0g
Methionine 0g
Magnesium, Mg 1.6mg
Manganese, Mn 0mg
Niacin 0.3mg
Phosphorus, P 13mg
Pantothenic acid 0.1mg
Phenylalanine 0g
Phytosterols 0mg
Proline 0.1g
Retinol 35.1mcg
Selenium, Se 2.5mcg
Serine 0g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.1mg
Tryptophan 0g
Tyrosine 0g
Valine 0g
Vitamin A, IU 129.4IU
Vitamin A, RAE 35.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 0.4mcg
Water 3.5g
Zinc, Zn 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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