Strawberry Sugar Cookies

Published May 6, 2013. Updated December 30, 2018

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Who says sugar cookies need only be made in one flavor? I’ve made several variations and most likely it’s not going to end with these. The last version I made was lemon and they got me thinking of other flavors I’d like to try. Strawberry was one of the first to come to mind because like lemon, it has such a vibrant and summery flavor.

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The key to these cookies is using freeze dried strawberries in the batter. Yes you can definitely add fresh strawberries to cake/cupcake, muffin and doughnut batters, but cookies not so much.

They tend to turn cookies soggy and mushy, not a texture I’m looking for in my cookies. Freeze dried fruits are wonderful for baking when you want a lot of natural flavor but don’t want all the liquids that come from their fresh counterpart.

I love the natural color they add too. You should hopefully be able to find freeze dried strawberries near the other dried fruits (i.e. raisins and Craisins) at your local grocery store. You can also find them at Trader Joe’s if not at your local grocer. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Sugar Cookies

Soft and tender sugar cookies brimming with strawberry flavor and finished with a luscious frosting.
Servings: 14
Prep25 minutes
Cook16 minutes
Ready in: 2 hours 43 minutes


Strawberry Frosting

  • 1/3 cup butter , softened
  • 1/3 cup (5g) freeze dried strawberries
  • 3 Tbsp fresh strawberry puree (from about 3/4 cup fresh)
  • 1 tsp fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  • FOR THE COOKIES: In a mixing bowl, whisk together cake flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt for 30 seconds. Add 1 cup freeze dried strawberries to a food processor and pulse until ground into a fine powder. Sift ground strawberries through a fine mesh strainer (to remove seeds and the few small pieces remaining) into the flour mixture and whisk to combine.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter, shortening and sugar on medium speed until very pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Mix in egg, then mix in egg white and vanilla.
  • Blend in food coloring if desired (I added 1 toothpick swish, dipped in gel). With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Transfer dough to an airtight container and refrigerate 2 hours. Preheat oven to 375 during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration.
  • Scoop dough out about 3 Tbsp (50 g each) at a time and roll into a ball. Place dough ball on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle top lightly with flour, then using something flat and smooth (such as the storage container lid), press and evenly flatten dough to about 1/3-inch thick (so you should have about a 2 3/4 " circle).
  • Transfer flattened dough to parchment paper lined baking sheets and repeat process with remaining dough. Bake in preheated oven 8 - 9 minutes. Allow to cool 2 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost with Strawberry Frosting.
  • FOR THE FROSTING: In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter until pale and fluffy. Meanwhile, pulse 1/3 cup freeze dried strawberries in the food processor until finely ground.
  • Using a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds, sift freeze dried strawberries over butter and mix to combined. Stir in 3 Tbsp fresh strawberry puree, lime or lemon juice and vanilla extract (mixture will look separated and that's okay). Slowly mix in powdered sugar and whip until well combined.
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 148mg6%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 355IU7%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.


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  • Kelly

    Do these freeze well? I want to be able to make them a week or so ahead of time.

  • Artemis

    Can i use your wonderfull cookies for sugar decorations ( royal icing or fondant ?) Do they keep their shape after baking?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      These puff quite a bit so I wouldn’t recommend doing shapes with them unless its a basic shape like a heart or something. With others you’ll lose some of the detail I think. I think they’d be okay with the royal icing though.

  • Cynthia

    If I use fresh instead of frozen strawberries, what would you recommend I do?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I probably wouldn’t use anything but the freeze dried strawberries in the cookie dough batter because it would make them too wet, but you could maybe use some in the frosting it just wont have a very strong strawberry flavor.

  • Lara

    Hello! Is it possible in any way to use fresh strawberries instead of freeze dried? I live in a small town in Europe and I can’t seem to find the freeze dried version anywhere :(
    Thank you!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      For these I think I actually used salted butter in the cookie then the frosting unsalted. But if you want to just use unsalted in both I’d add an extra 1/4 tsp salt to the cookie dough.

  • natasha

    Hi! Just wanted to know if the frosting hardens a bit or does it stay creamy? Wondering how it would stack to take to my daughter’s class. Thanks!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I wouldn’t recommend stacking them as the frosting will remain fairly soft.

  • Leah

    So excited to try these at our toddler Valentine’s Day party! Will link back for sure. Love that you don’t have to use any food coloring and they still look so festive. :)