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Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

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"These cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. They are simple to make and kids love to lick the frosting off the tops. Butter flavoring is in the buttercream for added flavor. You can find it in most supermarkets, in the baking aisle, where there are other flavorings such as vanilla."

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Original recipe makes 5 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    2 hrs 20 mins


  1. In a large bowl, mix together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; gradually stir flour mixture into butter mixture until well blended using a sturdy spoon. Chill dough for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove cookies from pan and cool on wire racks.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat shortening, confectioners sugar, water, salt, vanilla extract, and butter flavoring until fluffy. Frost cookies after they have cooled completely.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 29, 2005

I made the dough the night before so I could bake in morning. This I would not reccomend. This way the dough was like a rock and a little too hard to work with but I did not give up and warmed the dough up a bit and they turned out beautiful. I made 2 batches of the dough and you can double only the powdered sugar and flavorings on the frosting part to make more frosting, obviously adding more water/milk until you and your beaters feel that it is the perfect consistency for your cookies. You do not need to double the shortening. Delicious cookies, perfect cutouts. Don't let the dough scare ya!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 22, 2007

OK, so this is like 2 recipes in one-one for the cookies and one for the frosting-If I were reviewing the cookies alone, I would give them a 4...they are light, airy, and yummy...easy to work with too, they were perfectly done after 5 min. in my oven...The frosting, though. Personally, I feel that 'buttercream' should have at least one of those two ingredients in tasted like pure shortening,(and I followed the recipe to a tee) also, because it was so greasy from the shortening, I literally had to run my dishwasher 2 times to get all of the residue off of the dishes (I put the mixing bowl in the dishwasher, and everything came out greasy) On top of this, the frosting did not hold color very well- it kept seperating out...maybe it would have been better if I had used the gel color, but I probably won't make these again to the reviewer who stated that they would be using this frosting for all of their cakes from now on, may I make a suggestion? If you like this, try "Rick's special buttercream" from this site...WAY BETTER, just as easy...

Dec 24, 2006

I wish I could give this more than 5!! I tried two other very highly rated sugar cookie recipes, and this was the only one that actually baked correctly. The cookies kept their shape - very nice! the other recipes just kind of puffed out so my stars looked almost like flowers...I made the icing recipe from Delilah's sugar cook. recipe b/c I prefer that type (dries hard) anyway, these are super great!! making more today! :)

Dec 02, 2005

My kids and I made this recipe the other night. It was tough to wait two hours for the dough to chill, but well worth the wait. These sugar cookies are not too sweet, which is great if you are pairing them with royal icing. This recipe is a winner. We will use it time and time again. One note: I rolled the cookies out to about 1/4 inch thickness. I prefer a thicker cookie, this way the edges don't burn when you cook them.

Dec 14, 2009

~This is by far one of the best sugar cookie recipes I've ever had any luck with. I normally don't have much luck w/rolled sugar cookies (as the dough is always the wrong consistency..) i followed the recipe to the letter & they turned out PERFECT!! Afer chilling the dough, it was rather hard (don't let that scare you though, after working w/it for a few minutes it was fine!) I am making these again today & will let the dough sit for 5 mins or so after chilling so that it's easier to work with. I did the xmas cut-outs..they turned out great..I did read the review on these & the frosting prior to making them & I personally loved the frosting that goes w/these! It was a little thick & very sweet (plus there was lots left over..) But i always like my sugar cookie frosting to be that way..To the other reviewer that said that these turned out like 'dry biscuits'...must've done something wrong or not frosted them..I'm not an 'expert' baker, just an 'average' one & these were by far 'bakery' style cookies. I will use these for lots of differrent occasions now!! So glad I found it!

Dec 27, 2006

This was an awesome cookie and frosting recipe. I had to cook the cookies a little longer than 4-6 minutes though. I like my bottoms to be light brown. Made these the week before Christmas and they stayed soft and yummy for quite a while. Frosting was the best I have ever tasted and will use on my cakes. I used clear vanilla flavoring instead of the regular vanilla extract to keep it bright white. Loved this recipe. Will use from now on.

Dec 23, 2003

I these with pink frosting for Valentine gifts. They are fabulous!! Freeze well, also.

Jun 10, 2011

This one's probably a five with a little more vanilla. Reminds me of a notasrich shortbread cookie. Stable enough to handle while frosting & buttery enough to not be the typical ughsugarcookie cookie. I halved the recipe using 2/3c as half the 1 3/4c flour. Rolled it in waxed paper, refrigerated overnight & sliced a bit less than 1/4 inch. Nine minutes. No need to wait to remove from the sheet. I had leftover white cake frosting "one" (with adjustments in my review) & they were a good combination. 'Had to make these again today - the next day btw :D - because they were eaten mostly unfrosted. 'Don't want to waste frosting now, do I?!? Nooooo. :D Uh-oh, not enough white flour. 'Made full recipe using 2 1/2c white flour & a cup of wheat & guess what! Good, too! Yup, good recipe. They kept their shape even better using that wheat flour, too. Nice!


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  • Calories
  • 112 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.1 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 5 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 68 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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