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December, 17, 2016

Christmas with My Babies + Sugar Cookie Recipe…

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One of our favorite Christmas traditions is baking homemade Christmas sugar cookies and decorating them!!! I baked them a couple weeks ago when we had our first big snowstorm of the season, and once they were all gone (Dash somehow snatched the last few cookies off the counter while we were sleeping) I figured we needed more because they are my favorite (and now Isla’s too).

Isla loves to help me in the kitchen whenever I cook. You may have seen that she has her own little kitchen set up in our kitchen, and I really think she’s catching onto the idea of “cooking while I’m cooking” and “helping me get ready for dinner.” She is a natural helper and the sweetest big sister to Jackson, and she ALWAYS has to be doing something! This busy chick had the best time frosting cookies (okay, more like licking the frosting off and making a complete mess!! haha).

I thought it would be fun to document our morning of Christmas cookies because these days spent at home with my babies are the best days and I always want to remember them. I use my  Canon Rebel T6i to capture cute, daily moments. Especially when I want to capture pictures to frame in my home. Sometimes iPhone photos just don’t cut it. I use the EF 50mm f/1.8 lens on my Rebel, using a lens with a shallow depth of field is the secret to getting images that look like a professional took them. Your subject will be in focus and everything else will be blurred. At first glance, the camera and lens seem like a big expense (I remember thinking that when I bought my first camera and lens), but it’s such a good investment and it’s such a good price for the quality of product you are going to get!

best-christmas-sugar-cookie-recipeFor the frosting I use the cream cheese frosting recipe by Barefoot Contessa here.

If you have any questions on the recipe leave them in the comment box below!!

xo, Rach

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  1. Milly says:

    My favorite post yet! So cute!💕💕

  2. Such beautiful photos, Rach! I have the Rebel too and adore it!

  3. Lisa Klinowski says:

    Love your post! How much extra vanilla and almond extract do you add? Thank you :)


  4. Monica says:

    I love the white bowls! Can you tell me who makes them and where to buy? Thanks!
    This post is absolutely adorable!!

  5. I love the one of her standing on the counter!! Adorable!

  6. I made your sugar cookie recipe last week for the first time and they were delicious. I plan on making them again this weekend for my family to decorate. Thank you for sharing your recipe & Merry Christmas!

    • suheda says:


      Can you tell me how you measure your cups flour? I live in the Netherlands and we always use grams….thats why i find it hard to measure with cups….it deviates too much….

  7. Marianne says:

    This is so sweet! They are just the cutest little ones ever!!

    xo – Marianne

  8. Leah says:

    So precious! Isla is so adorable!
    xx Leah

  9. Victoria says:

    I find it so tricky to find a great sugar cookie recipe, they’re either too chewy or too hard! I am definitely going to need to test yours out!

    xx Victoria

  10. G says:

    Thanks for sharing Rach, I am on the hunt for a camera to snap pictures of the kids that is good quality! Happy Christmas and love the home made cookie recipe :)

  11. ilene says:

    what do you use to edit?!

  12. Shannon says:

    Love this look!

  13. beth says:

    One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making cut out cookies with my family. I will have to try the cream cheese icing, it looking and sounds really good!


  14. Olivia says:

    I am so glad you share this recipe! I was hoping you would. I am definitely going to make this week..thanks for sharing! xoxo

  15. Bobbilyn Novack says:

    Hi Rach! beautiful Photos! by the way, the measuring for vanilla, almond extract and baking powder, is it a tablespoon or a teaspoon? Thanks!

  16. Kellee says:

    Thank you for sharing!!!

  17. Chanelle says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! Question though – when you say “t” (as in 2 t vanilla), do you mean 2 TEAspoons or 2 TABLEspoons?

  18. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely be trying it!

  19. Diana says:

    I tried making them but i never end up getting the cookie shape I want or the thickness of the cookie u made . What’s the trick please , can you post a video ???

  20. Jennifer Booth says:

    Isla is so adorable!! Can you tell me where the little white bowls are from?

  21. Melinda says:

    Could you make half the recipe? That’s a lot of cookies!

  22. suheda says:


    Hoe do you measure out your cups flour? I always work with grams so my style of measuring cups changes every time…

  23. Macarena says:

    Is the t for teaspoon or tablespoon?

  24. Michelle says:

    This post is adorable! I can’t wait to try these cookies

  25. nancy robertson says:

    where did u purchase the darling white bubble bowls?

  26. Lauren Augostini says:

    Hi Rach, you should write a post on how to take quality photos! I liked your little snippet on your Canon Rebel – I just bought the same one and have no idea how to use it! Would be great to hear some of your tips.

  27. Chanelle Mrazik says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I would love to know where you got your marble and wood cake stands from? I love the ginger bread house sitting on it <3

  28. Fatma says:

    Thanks alot

  29. Bunny says:

    Can this recipe be cut in half to make less cookies? These sound yummy

  30. Lara says:

    Love your style! xo

  31. Hayley Larue says:

    Can’t believe how much little Isla is growing up!! She looks so adorable in there diaper and red bow! <3

  32. NEHA says:

    These are so beautiful and lovely photos..In this casual look also, you look so stunningly beautiful Rach and both the kiddos are super cute…….xoxo, Neha

  33. Sharan says:

    THank you for sharing! Can’t wait to try this recipe!


  34. Izzy says:

    Love your kitchen!!

  35. Amanda Gnaedig says:

    I love these pictures! They make such great memories to pass on to your children.

  36. Yay! Every time I see you making sugar cookies I’ve wanted the recipe. They always look so perfect and delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

  37. Azalia Marquez says:

    Love, love your kitchen! I also love your holiday cookies. Oh, thanks for the tip on the camera. Gonna give my hubby a hint on what I want for Christmas!😉

  38. Rodika Girich says:

    So cute!

  39. Jo says:

    Hi, I’m in Park City, do you know how I would need to alter this recipe for high altitude? Also, where are the little hobnail bowl from? Thank you!

  40. kayden anderson says:

    Love these! Fingers crossed!!!

  41. ANA says:

    I don’t understand how you calculate the vanilla, almond extract and baking powerd. Please tell me.

  42. Hannah Tovar says:

    Love this post! I use the canon rebel and love it. Where is your white with gold trim muffin pan from? Thanks so much!

  43. sophie says:

    OMG this is so cute, how lovely when you always spend time for your children <3

    xoxo, Sophie

    • Rachel Parcell says:

      You are so sweet, Sophie! I try to do as much as I can with them. I’m lucky to be able to have a lot of time at home with them, even if I’m working. Being a mom is my favorite job!

  44. Diane Magdaleno says:

    Hi Rach! Your blog is amazing. I love your home and decorating tips. Very inspirational too. Where did you get your white cupcake pan with gold trim and the white little cups used for frosting? Keep posting pics your are super talented.

    Have a great day!

Rach Parcell

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