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Elf Movie Cookies for Christmas

These Elf movie cookies are one of my favorite holiday baking ideas ever! If you love Buddy the Elf, put this recipe on your list for sure. Read on for the tutorial and a link to the tools that you’ll need.

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies
Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

I’m singing! I’m in a store, and I’m SIIIING-IIIIIIIING! Aw, man. I dare you to tell me that Elf doesn’t have the best quotes of any holiday movie ever. Since recipes aren’t usually my forte, I had to find another way to jazz up my cookies. So obviously I turned to the thing that I do best — quote movies.

I’m almost sad to eat these cookies, they’re so fun! And they’re the perfect complement to an Elf-watching holiday party, amiright?

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Here’s how to make yourself some Elf Movie Cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soft unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Additional Materials

As you might know, it’s crucial to have a sugar cookie recipe that holds its shape as it bakes. This recipe holds up like a champ!

Make and Color the Dough

  1. Start by creaming together the sugar, butter, and cream cheese. Once light and fluffy, mix in the egg and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. Slowly incorporate them into the butter mixture until they’re thoroughly combined.
  3. Once your dough is made, separate it into as many sections as you’d like different colors of cookie. We separated into four sections. Color each different section of cookie with some food coloring. To create similar colors to ours, use the chart below
  4. Drop the coloring onto the ball of dough that you’re working with and knead it until the coloring is evenly spread. Do this with all colors. Once the colors are mixed, lightly flatten each dough ball and wrap it in its own individual plastic wrap. Chill all dough for at least 1 hour; we let ours chill overnight.

Color Chart

  • pink = 5 drops neon pink
  • red = 20 drops neon pink
  • light green = 1 drop neon green, 1 drop neon blue
  • dark green = 5 drops neon green

Make the Elf Movie Cookies

  1. Once the dough is chilled, remove it from the refrigerator about 5 minutes before you plan on rolling it out to soften a bit. Prep your baking pans with a bit of nonstick spray and set your oven to 350. Flour your surface and rolling pin generously. Roll one color of dough out to about 1/4″ thick. Cut out your cookie shapes and place them on the baking sheet. (We strongly recommend putting them on the baking sheet before stamping the letters into them!)
  2. With your cookies cut out, gather your letters. Stamp the letters onto the cookies either one at a time or by sliding them onto the frame of your imprinting set and stamping all at once. For this project, I found that one letter at a time yielded a better result. One tip: start with whichever letter will be in the center of your cookie and work your way out, so you don’t end up with too much or too little room on the end of your line after you start stamping.
  3. Stamp out all of your messages and place the cookies in the oven to bake! The recipe calls for 8-12 minutes in the oven but we baked ours for about 6 minutes. Just keep a close eye on them, as they’re pretty delicate and will burn easily.
Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

Serve and Enjoy

Ta-daaaaaa! If your guests don’t absolutely die for these babies, you tell ’em to call me and I’ll straighten them out. I seriously had to keep slapping Ryan’s hand away as I was taking pictures because he kept trying to sneak one away to eat. (They’re delicious to boot!)

Go get your cookie on! xoxo

P.S. More cookie ideas from our friends for you to check out:

Peppermint Drops from Julie Blanner
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Blood Orange Vanilla Bean Meringues from Paper & Stitch
Cream Wafer Tree Cookies from Inspired by Charm
Italian Meatball Cookies from The Sweetest Occasion
Almond Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies from The Effortless Chic
Color Dipped Gingerbread Cookies from Studio DIY
Candy Cane Peppermint Bark Fudge from Sugar and Charm
Everything Sweet Sugar Cookies from Sugar & Cloth

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies
Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

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Yield: 24 cookies

Elf Movie Quote Cookies

Elf Quote Christmas Cookies

These Elve movie cookies are fun, festive, and easy to make!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 stick room temp unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 c flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • neon food coloring

Instructions

  1. Start by creaming together the sugar, butter, and cream cheese. Once light and fluffy, mix in the egg and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. Slowly incorporate them into the butter mixture until they're thoroughly combined.
  3. Once your dough is made, separate it into as many sections as you'd like different colors of cookie. We separated into four sections. Color each different section of cookie with some food coloring. To create similar colors to ours, use the chart below
  4. Drop the coloring onto the ball of dough that you're working with and knead it until the coloring is evenly spread. Do this with all colors. Once the colors are mixed, lightly flatten each dough ball and wrap it in its own individual plastic wrap. Chill all dough for at least 1 hour; we let ours chill overnight.
  5. Once the dough is chilled, remove it from the refrigerator about 5 minutes before you plan on rolling it out to soften a bit. Prep your baking pans with a bit of nonstick spray and set your oven to 350. Flour your surface and rolling pin generously. Roll one color of dough out to about 1/4" thick. Cut out your cookie shapes and place them on the baking sheet. (We strongly recommend putting them on the baking sheet before stamping the letters into them!)
  6. With your cookies cut out, gather your letters. Stamp the letters onto the cookies either one at a time or by sliding them onto the frame of your imprinting set and stamping all at once. For this project, I found that one letter at a time yielded a better result. One tip: start with whichever letter will be in the center of your cookie and work your way out, so you don't end up with too much or too little room on the end of your line after you start stamping.
  7. Stamp out all of your messages and place the cookies in the oven to bake! The recipe calls for 8-12 minutes in the oven but we baked ours for about 6 minutes. Just keep a close eye on them, as they're pretty delicate and will burn easily.

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43 thoughts on “Elf Movie Cookies for Christmas

  1. After reading some of these cookies, I just saw this movie for the first time! I loved it, and the cookie idea!

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  13. Those are stinking adorable! One of my favorite movies. How could you not smile and have a good time while eating these cookies!

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