Iced Sugar Cookies


I have a confession. This is the very first time in my life I have made royal icing. It is the very first time in my life I’ve made iced sugar cookies. So please don’t be too critical I’ve got a few things to learn about the tricks of icing. The reason I haven’t made icing and iced sugar cookies up until now because I’ve tasted iced sugar cookies before and I’ve always liked the frosted puffy version better. But, iced sugar cookies can be decorated far prettier and they make better gifts so I decided it was the perfect season to give them a try.

The icing really wasn’t hard to make thanks to Annie’s wonderful tutorial (from her blog – Annie’s Eats). Before I reading that tutorial I didn’t even know what flood icing was. Her blog has always been one of my favorites. She does amazing work that always looks flawless.
These cookies are so delicious and are also so fun to make. Some of you may know by know how I love art and I love food so these cookies are made for me. I loved how I got to make each cookie unique just as you will never find an identical snowflake.
I don’t know why I was so harsh on iced sugar cookies in the past. They are basically a soft shortbread cookie with a sugary icing. How could that not be good? They reminded me of how I want to re-create one of my favorite cookies from my childhood, those Keebler pink iced animal cookies with their delicious nutmeg flavor. These taste nothing like those, these are far better they were just a fun reminder for some reason.
Keep in mind these cookies aren’t a batch that you can have made in 20 minutes, they take a bit of time but you don’t need to put as much time into them as I did. If you wanted to simply ice them with a solid color and maybe add some sprinkle then it would be faster than piping additional decorations among the tops. Either way I hope you have a chance to try these cookies soon. They are simply amazing with their delicate, buttery cookie flavor and that lightly crunchy shell from the icing. MMMM they are a cookie you’re going to remember. Enjoy!



Iced Sugar Cookies

5 from 2 votes

Yield: Recipe yield varies*


  • 1 cup salted butter , softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 recipe Royal Icing from Annie's Eats


  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend together butter, powdered sugar and salt on low speed until well combine, about 20 seconds. Mix in egg, vanilla and almond extract. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in flour and mix until combine. Transfer dough to an airtight container and refrigerate until firm about 1 1/2 hours (0r freeze folding dough once with a wooden spoon halfway through chilling until firm about 40 minutes - which is what I did).
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with Silpats or parchment paper. Roll dough out on a generously floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness then cut dough into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Carefully transfer cut shapes to prepared baking sheets and bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, edges should not brown. Allow cookies to cool for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool cookies completely then frost with icing.

For the icing

  1. For a wonderful tutorial on how to decorate with Royal Icing see the link at Annie's Eats here and follow her recipe for Royal Icing here.
  2. *I got 26 cookies, I made about 1/2 of them large snowflakes and half of them small snowflakes so it will just depend on the size of your cookie cutters.
  3. Recipe Source: Sugar Cookies adapted slightly from Annie's Eats


  • Julie @ Table for Two: for your first time, these are absolutely breath-taking and gorgeous!! December 11, 2012 at 6:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Julie! December 11, 2012 at 11:29pm Reply

  • angela @ another bite please: critcial…are you crazy…they look so perfect, pretty and like you’ve done this a thousand times! I am afraid I will go with snowballs…lol December 11, 2012 at 4:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Haha you should give them a try =), thanks for the compliment! December 15, 2012 at 1:46pm Reply

  • Susan: Amazing for a first try…close to perfect :D December 11, 2012 at 4:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Susan! December 11, 2012 at 11:32pm Reply

  • Anne Gratton: beautiful-i wouldn’t want to eat these!! December 11, 2012 at 12:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Anne, if I ever make food that I think is pretty I will usually take a picture before I eat it that way I feel great about eating it because then I can remember how it looked and tasted =). December 11, 2012 at 11:32pm Reply

  • Debs Dust Bunny: Your cookies look beautiful! I confess, I recently made Royal Icing for the first time and was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted. I think I was judging it by those horrible hard store bought iced cookies. With cookies this lovely all I can say it let it snow! December 11, 2012 at 11:06am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much! I agree, the store bought ones are pretty gross they don’t even compare to homemade. I’m glad I finally tried them. December 11, 2012 at 11:30pm Reply

  • Chloe West: For your first time, these look incredible!

    – Chloe December 10, 2012 at 8:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Chloe! December 11, 2012 at 11:29pm Reply

  • Loretta E.: I don’t see anything to criticize here! They all look too gorgeous to eat to me! December 10, 2012 at 6:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Loretta! Thanks for all the nice comments you’ve been leaving on my blog, I love to read them! December 11, 2012 at 11:33pm Reply

  • Kathleen: These look absolutely gorgeous!!! December 10, 2012 at 6:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Kathleen =)! December 11, 2012 at 4:45pm Reply

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