Iced Sugar Cookies

Buttery tender cookies cut into festive shapes then covered with a sweet hardened icing. Perfect for any holiday as you can use any shape of cookie cutter. Recipe yield varies.*

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Royal Icing, sugar cookies
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 26
Author: Jaclyn


  • 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