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Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

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  • Prep 1 hr 15 min
  • Total 3 hr 10 min
  • Servings 12
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Oh for cuteness! These adorable Christmas sweater cookies are so easy to make, with Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix and decorations. The design ideas are endless! Have your kids or friends over to make and decorate these cookies, for a fun and very delicious activity!
Updated Dec 7, 2023
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What Are Ugly Sweater Cookies?

Sugar cookie mix is mixed with flour, butter, and egg for the dough to become cutout cookies. Some of the cookie dough is tinted red so that when the cookies are cut out, there will be both red and white random parts, making them “ugly sweaters”. The cookies are decorated with assorted icings and sprinkles to become the cutest ugly holiday sweater cookies you can devour!

How Do You Decorate Sweater Cookies?

Use the photo for inspiration, for our easy designs, or feel free to come up with your own ugly sweater designs! With the variety of Betty Crocker™ icings and sprinkles, the possibilities are endless!


Decorations, as desired

  • Betty Crocker™ Decorating Cookie Icings (assorted colors)
  • Betty Crocker™ Black Writing Gel
  • Betty Crocker™ Writing Icing Classic Colors (assorted colors)
  • Betty Crocker™ Decorating Sprinkles and Sugars (assorted colors)
  • Assorted candies for decorating, such as Betty Crocker™ Dessert Decorations Candy Eyeballs, small gumdrops, M&M’s Minis® Milk Chocolate Candies, Reese’s Minis Unwrapped Peanut Butter Cups


  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, flour, butter and egg until soft dough forms. Place one-third of the dough into small bowl. Tint red by stirring in food color.
  • 2
    On floured surface, drop by slightly less than tablespoonfuls of doughs in random pattern to make large rectangle. Dough pieces should be just touching together.
  • 3
    Push dough toward center on all sides to make 6x5-inch rectangle. Roll dough 1/4-inch thick to create marbled pattern. Cut shapes with floured 3 1/2- to 4-inch sweater shaped cookie cutter. Lightly press back of cookie spatula in flour, and slide under cookie dough; place cutouts 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Press any leftover scraps together, and reroll on floured surface to make more cookies.
  • 4
    Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 5
    Use Decorations as desired, using photo as a guide. Let stand at least 1 hour or until set. Store covered in airtight container at room temperature with waxed paper between layers.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Ugly Christmas sweater cookies turn out best when baked one sheet at a time on middle oven rack. Allow cookie sheet to cool completely in between batches. Otherwise, cookies will spread too much.
  • tip 2
    Be sure to work quickly when adding decorations to your Christmas sweater sugar cookies, as icing sets quickly.
  • tip 3
    The more cookies are rolled, the more marbled the cookies become.
  • tip 4
    Short on time? Make and bake cutout cookies the day before decorating. Cool completely, and then store in a covered container at room temperature until the next day. Continue as directed in recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get a sweater cookie cutter?

This is the sweater cooked cutter we use to make ugly Christmas sweater cookies. We love this one because the simple, yet recognizable shape makes sweater cookies that are easy to decorate.

Why do my sweater cookies spread?

Make sure you have added the flour, butter and egg called for on the cookie mix pouch. Cut the dough with the cookie cutters and bake it right after mixing the dough. Be sure to use completely cool cookie sheets.


240 Calories, 10g Total Fat, 2g Protein, 35g Total Carbohydrate, 19g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • We love these cute sweater cookies, but you could cut the red and white dough into other shapes as well! Try candy canes, round ornaments or star-shaped cookies.

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