Frosted Sugar Cookies

Frosted Sugar Cookies // The Merrythought

One of my all time favorite cookies – soft sugar cookies with vanilla buttercream frosting. And this recipe, happens to be the best. It’s my Gramma’s sugar cookie recipe, paired with my favorite vanilla buttercream recipe. I get rave reviews any time I take them anywhere. Cut out sugar cookies are a bit of extra work with the rolling out and cutting – but these are so worth it, trust me!

Frosted Sugar Cookies // The Merrythought

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Yield: approximately 4 dozen {will vary depending on cookie size}

Cookie Ingredients
1/2 cup {1 stick} unsalted butter, soft {not melted}
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
2 1/2 cups flour

Frosting Ingredients
1 cup {2 sticks} unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the cookies:
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs, beating well. Mix in the baking soda, salt, nutmeg and vanilla and stir until combined. Alternately add the sour cream and flour until mixed in. Cover & chill dough, at least one hour or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. On a floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thickness {you will need to do this in sections, unless you have a huge surface to roll on}. Cut out dough with cookie cutters and place on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes, just until the cookies are cooked through – but not browned. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost & decorate.

For the frosting:
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 3 to 4 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar (a little at a time), milk, and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add remaining 2 cups sugar to reach desired consistency. Add coloring, if desired.


  • Don’t over bake your cookies – that is the key to the best cookies!
  • If you are going to double this recipe, use just 3 eggs total.
  • It’s best to chill the dough overnight if possible. The longer it chills, the easier it will be to work with. {Although if it’s super chilled, you are going to need to let it sit out at room temperature for a little while so that you can actually roll it out}
  • While rolling & cutting the dough, I keep my “scraps” that I am going to roll out again in a bowl in the fridge. Slightly chilled dough works best!

Source: Cookies – my Gramma | Frosting – Billy’s Vanilla Buttercream

Happy baking!  Manda

Frosted Sugar Cookies // The Merrythought

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  • Friday, February 22, 2013 - 11:10 am

    Kristen - These look soooo yummy! And the pictures are incredible! Who doesn’t love a vanilla frosted sugar cookie with rainbow sprinkles!ReplyCancel

    • Friday, February 22, 2013 - 11:56 am

      Manda - Thanks Kristen – so sweet! And yes, who can resist frosted sugar cookies?!ReplyCancel

      • Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 11:35 am

        m d - Those look just like the store bought cookies you see in the clear plastic clam shells in mass market produce & bakery sections.ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    Penny - do these freeze well?ReplyCancel

    • Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 5:11 pm

      Manda - Yes, they do freeze well. I’ve frozen them before frosting them and after frosting them, and both work well.ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    Tracie Smith - Just made the cookies -wonderful! One question – we are planning on shipping some to family. Will the frosting on these harden and ship ok or do we need to use a different frosting?
    Thanks for your recipe!ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 4:44 pm

      Manda - So glad you liked these cookies! I have shipped these before, and as far as I know they did ok. I don’t think they would be picture perfect, but I think if you maybe added a little less liquid in the frosting – making it a bit stiffer – that would help it hold up better. I also freeze the cookies before shipping, then ship them frozen, that helps with keeping them a little fresher tasting and holding up better during shipping.ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    Renee - These cookies look amazing! Where do I find the beautiful sugar crystals for decorating the cookies like yours?

    • Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 9:33 pm

      Manda - Hi Renee – I got mine at a local store that sells bulk baking supplies. You might be able to find some at Michaels. And it looks like they sell similar ones on Amazon too.ReplyCancel

      • Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 10:23 pm

        Renee - Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 8:11 am

    Luxury Serviced Apartments Lady - These look so cute! The jewel effect on the top works so well!ReplyCancel

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