Christmas Ale Sugar Cookies with Spiced Buttercream Frosting are the one holiday cookie every beer lover should bake! They are chewy and soft with a luscious buttercream frosting so Santa will definitely approve.

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I literally can’t stop, won’t stop with the sweets this week. It all started kicking into high gear on Sunday when I had my first official taste of Christmas cookies.

It’s only official when someone else bakes them, because lord knows it doesn’t count when I start testing recipes back in November.

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And I wonder why I feel like I’m getting a little puffy around the edges…

Meh, the diet will start after the New Year, right? 

Well, it’ll definitely start after I devour all of these Christmas ale cookies because holy CRAP are they good. I’m serious, these are probably the best sugar cookies I’ve ever made.

I can’t stop eating them, which is probably a giant problem… I am going to gain at least 10 pounds in just cookie weight this holiday season. However these are so dang good, I just don’t know that I really care…

this recipe’s must-haves

My favorite measure cup set is this Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set! I use it for everything from baking to cookie. Plus they last FOREVER.

Mixing bowls are a must to mix up the batter for these cookies!

Finally, make sure you have the right baking tools like a sturdy half sheet baking pan!

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Seriously. These cookies are the most magically soft and delicious treats in the entire world. I think they might be one of the best cookies I’ve ever made… 

Christmas Ale Sugar Cookies with Spiced Buttercream Frosting |

They are the big puffy kind that are soft and chewy, with this amazing sugar cookie flavor that is enhanced by a subtle addition of a Christmas ale (Rogue Ales’ Santa’s Private Reserve to be exact).

The spiced buttercream frosting on top brings out the beer flavor even MORE, making it the perfect cookie for any beer lover in your life (hey, that beer lover might just be you and that means it’s 100% ok to bake them and share them with no one).

Gee, can you tell I’m an only child….?

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ANYWHO, the beer in the cookie really comes out in the most beautiful way in this cookie. When you pair it with a glass of Santa’s Private Reserve, I swear you’ll find yourself moaning and groaning with total beer bliss.

It’s such a simple cookie you have plenty of time to grab the ingredients you need and make them in time for Christmas.

Just don’t leave any out on Christmas Eve, because Santa will DEFINITELY eat these bad boys right up.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rogue Ales. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Cake ‘n Knife!

Christmas Ale Sugar Cookies with Spiced Buttercream Frosting |

Christmas Ale Sugar Cookies with Spiced Buttercream Frosting

Yield: Makes approx. 2 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Chewy ale sugar cookies with a cinnamon buttercream to take the indulgence to the next level!



  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Rogue Ales Santa’s Private Reserve
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp cornstarch

Spiced Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • Optional: sprinkles


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Add beer and beat until well-combined.
  2. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and cornstarch to the stand mixer. Beat until combined.
  3. Scoop out 1-inch balls of dough onto a silicone mat or parchment paper lined baking sheets. Chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool cookies on wire racks.
  5. In a large bowl, beat together frosting ingredients until creamy and smooth. Frost cooled cookies and top with sprinkles as desired.

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