Sugar Cookie & Buttercream Frosting

February 7, 2020

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and sugar cookies are always the perfect treat to bring your friends and family together to celebrate.  So many of our happiest memories come from gathering together with everyone in the kitchen.  There always ends up being endless amounts of cookies and laughter to last all through the holidays.

All you need is a delicious sugar cookie recipe, a melt-in-your mouth buttercream frosting recipe, cookie cutters and some pretty sprinkles. So, that’s exactly what we’re bringing to you today; plus a few different ways to decorate your cookies.

Bake memories and Enjoy!

Sugar Cookies & Buttercream Frosting

The most delicious sugar cookies and butter cream frosting to go with any holiday.

Sugar Cookies
  • 2 cups shortening
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla Clear vanilla to keep the cookies light
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 ⅓ tbsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt
Butter Cream Frosting
  • 1 cup butter
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp clear vanilla
Sugar Cookies
  1. Thoroughly cream shortening, sugar and vanilla.

  2. Add eggs.

  3. Beat until light and fluffy.

  4. Mix in milk.

  5. In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients.

  6. Blend creamed mixture and dry ingredients together.

  7. Divide dough and chill for 20 minutes.

  8. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to ¼ inch thickness.

  9. Cut into shapes

  10. Bake at 350° for °7-8 minutes.

  11. Let cool slightly, then remove from pan.

Buttercream Frosting
  1. Cream butter for 1-2 minutes.

  2. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, starting with powdered sugar.

  3. Add vanilla at end.

Recipe Notes

After baking cookies and preparing frosting, it's time to decorate. Grab your spoons, knives, piping bags and sprinkles - then let the fun of decorating begin!  

Frosting Techniques

Now that you’ve got the recipes, here are a few different ways to decorate your cookies with buttercream frosting.

Simple Frosting

This is a quick and easy way to frost your cookie to add some extra flavor and color.  All you need is a knife and frosting.  Take a tablespoon or two of frosting and spread it all over your cookie.  To add the swirl look, lightly move the frosting back and forth across your frosting.


Simple Frosting + Sprinkles

First, you will start with the simple frosting technique.  Immediately after you frost each cookie, place your cookie frosting down into a container with your choice of sprinkles.  Push down just hard enough to get the sprinkles to stick to all of the frosting.


Star Piping

Using a piping bag and Wilton tip #22, you will create drops of frosting to complete this sugar cookie.  It’s best to start by frosting the outside of the shape and moving to the middle to make sure that frosting is covering the entire cookie.


Border Star Piping

Using the same piping as mentioned above, you will need to have two different colors of frosting.  Again, begin with the outer border with your first color, then begin filling the middle with your second color.


Multiple Star Tip Piping

Using several different star tips, add a variety of drops onto your cookie.  The rosette is made with tip 1M, the smaller drops at the bottom are tip 21 and the larger ones towards the top are tip 18.  To get a variety of sizes you can do quick drops to get small ones, then to get larger ones, squeeze the frosting a little longer to get a larger drop.



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