Hanging Stocking Sugar Cookies


Bake up this sweet Christmas stocking sugar cookie recipe and hang the finished product on mugs of hot chocolate or cool glasses of milk. Decorate this sugar cookie recipe with royal icing for a festive finish.

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Chill Time:
30 mins
Freeze Time:
10 mins
Bake Time:
14 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 54 mins


Sugar Cookie

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk

  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • White pearl sugar and red decorating sugar

  • 32 mini candy canes for hooks

Royal Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon dried egg whites

  • 1 - 2 tablespoon water


Sugar Cookie:

  1. In a large bowl beat the butter and granulated sugar with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl. Add the egg and sweetened condensed milk and beat until smooth.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk for 30 seconds to evenly distribute the leavening. Add the flour mixture and continue mixing until combined.

  3. Transfer the dough to a large piece of plastic wrap and fold the dough over itself a few times to make sure the flour is evenly distributed and the dough is smooth. Pat the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until firm.

  4. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

  5. On a lightly floured surface roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 3- to 3 1/2-inch stocking cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and arrange on a prepared cookie sheets, spacing the cookies about 1/2-inch apart. Sprinkle each with pearl sugar around the top of the stocking and red sugar over the remaining stocking, pressing in lightly. Transfer the cookie sheet to the freezer for 10 minutes.

  6. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until the edges of the cookies just start to turn golden brown. Allow to cool completely.

Royal Icing:

  1. Combine the powdered sugar and dried egg whites in a small bowl. Stir. Add water, one teaspoon at a time, and stir until the mixture becomes a smooth, spreadable paste. Cover the royal icing with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic touches the surface of the royal icing so it doesn't form a skin.

  2. Place a cookie, top side down, on a clean parchment paper-lined tray. Transfer the royal icing to a resealable plastic bag. Cut a tiny opening from one corner. Pipe a bead of royal icing along the straight back of a candy cane and attach the candy cane to the back of the cookie to act as a "hook." Hold the candy cane in place until it can stand up on its own without tipping. Repeat with remaining cookies and candy canes. Allow to set completely, about 30 to 45 minutes. Hook the cookies onto a glass of milk or mug of hot chocolate to serve.

    Hanging Stocking Cookie
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Using refrigerated cookie dough:

If desired, knead 1/2 cup all-purpose flour into a 16.5-ounce roll of refrigerated sugar cookie dough. Roll out dough, cut into stockings, and decorate and bake as directed. Makes about 20 cookies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

166 Calories
6g Fat
27g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 166
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 85mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 2g
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Potassium 20mg 0%
Folate, total 22.5mcg

*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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