Holiday Sugar Cookies

The perfect cookies for Santa!

Can you believe it’s almost the end of the year? I think I’m in denial. This year has flown by! As much as I’m not ready for the holidays to already be here, I also love this time of year… especially when it comes to cookie baking time. I LOVE to bake cookies. Since we have been loving coconut oil in other baked goods and recipes we’ve been making this past year, I decided to make the traditional sugar cookies with coconut oil too!

I wasn’t sure how these would turn out, but they were amazing. I can’t see myself ever making them with another oil. They have a slight coconut flavor to them which goes so well with the vanilla. The flavor is very subtle and adds more depth to the cookies.

Coconut Oil Sugar Cookies


  • 1/2 cup of Kelapo Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tbs. of soy milk {or your favorite non dairy milk… I’ve used coconut and almond before. This time I used water and that worked too, but it’s best with a milk}
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs. of vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour {if you want them to be stronger for delicate cookie cutters you can add up to an extra 1/2 cup}


  1. Add all wet ingredients into a bowl and mix really well.
  2. Add all the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until its all combined. Don’t over mix.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and use a cookie cutter or roll into balls.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees or until just starting to get a little brown in color. As soon as they look like they are turning brown take them out and let them cool them on a rack.

Remember to refrigerate the dough for at least 4 hours. Coconut oil easily melts down to room temperature and you want it to still be a cold solid when you add it to the oven or your cookies will bake very flat.

If you like to add frosting to your sugar cookies you can make a very simple frosting by whipping coconut oil, powdered sugar and a little bit of your favorite milk to thin it to your desired consistency! Chill a bit and then frost!

To make the candy canes you just add red food coloring to half of the dough and then twist white and red “sticks” of dough and form.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season!

Heather Reese, It’s A Lovely Life

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