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Best Ever Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting


What's the best sugar cookie recipe?

If you are looking for the best sugar cookie recipe you will love this recipe. It makes delicious sugar cookies that are sweet, but not too sweet. Add delicious buttercream frosting and these cookies will be your all-time favorites.

The Perfect Sugar Cookie with Buttercream Frosting

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Sugar cookies with buttercream frosting
Best Ever Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

These sugar cookies have a tender, cake-like texture that pairs perfectly with a buttercream frosting. They are a nice copycat alternative to those famous buttercream-topped sugar cookies sold by Cheryl's Cookies.  

While there may be very good reasons to order cookies online, it is easy to make attractive, colorful, and delicious sugar cookies with buttercream frosting at home.

Perfectly tender sugar cookies with melt in your mouth buttercream frosting

You'll love that you don't need to be fussy with your decorating to make these cookies attractive and perfect for any occasion or holiday.  

Reasons You'll Love This Sugar Cookie Recipe

These sugar cookies are perfect for every occasion.  If you are looking for a copycat of Cheryl's Cookie recipe you'll want to try these.  In my opinion, these cookies are better, and that's why I call them the Best Ever Sugar Cookies.

This is an easy recipe with simple ingredients. All you need to make these Best Ever Sugar Cookies is this great sugar cookie recipe and a few simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry.  

The buttercream frosting is delicious.  It sets up quickly and holds up well if you want to freeze your cookies.

Kids will have fun making these cookies. This is a perfect recipe to make with your children or grandchildren.  Everyone can have some fun decorating these sugar cookies.

They have a flat surface perfect for decorating. You can get fancy or keep it simple.

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Tips for Baking The Best Sugar Cookies

How do I make sure my sugar cookies aren't too hard?
Cream your butter and sugar really well.  When adding your dry ingredients don't overwork the dough.  Stir to combine completely and move on.

Do I have to chill these sugar cookies?
Yes.  Chilling this dough makes it easier to roll and cut into your favorite shapes. Chilling the dough for too long makes the dough unworkable.

How thick should I make my sugar cookies?
1/4 inch cookies are perfect. They will be soft, tender, and strong enough to hold the frosting.

How do I know when my sugar cookies are done?

The baked sugar cookies.
The Baked Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies should be golden but not browned. Remember, the size of your cookie will impact the cooking time.  The size and shape of the cookie cutter you use will change your cooking time.

A light golden botom on your sugar cookie is perfect.
Don't Brown the Bottom of the Cookies

Video Tips for Making the Buttercream Frosting


Tips for Frosting Your Sugar Cookies

Use separate bowls for each color of frosting you will be using for decorating your cookies. Be careful when adding your coloring.  A little goes a very long way.

Buttercream frosting is easily tinted with food coloring.
Three Frosting Colors
Set up an assembly line.  First, put dollops of frosting on the cookies and then spread the frosting using an offset spatula.

Frosted sugar cookies with buttercream
The Frosted Cookies

 Add a few colorful sprinkles on each to gild the lilies. Set a paper towel under the cookies to capture wayward sprinkles.

Sprinkle colored sugar or sprinkles on your sugar cookies.
Add Some Colorful Sprinkles

Make the cookies ahead. These cookies will freeze nicely. Just be sure to let the frosting set before packaging for gift giving or freezing. 
sugar cookies, Christmas cookies, Valentine's Day Cookies
dessert
American
Yield: 30, 2-1/2 inch cookies
Author: Donna Urso
Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 8 MinInactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 23 M
Tender, cake-like cookies perfectly paired with delicious buttercream frosting.

Ingredients

Cookie Dough
The Buttercream Frosting

Instructions

To make the cookies
  1. In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of your electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until well blended. Divide the dough into two equal parts.
  4. Form each into a disk and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill the dough for two hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters.
  7. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven. The size of your cookies may impact your cooking time, so be sure to check frequently.
  9. The cookies should be golden but not browned.
  10. Remove cookies from the pan and cool completely before frosting.
To Make the Buttercream Frosting:
  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the confectioners’ sugar alternately with the milk, about one-third in each addition. You may not need to add all the milk to get the spreading consistency you need.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and continue beating until light and fluffy.
  4. Go ahead and lick the beaters. Just a taste is OK!

Nutrition Facts

Calories

218.21

Fat (grams)

10.28

Sat. Fat (grams)

6.13

Carbs (grams)

29.75

Fiber (grams)

0.39

Net carbs

29.36

Sugar (grams)

18.83

Protein (grams)

2.17

Sodium (milligrams)

76.54

Cholesterol (grams)

40.79

Nutritional information is approximate.

Make some today and put them in your freezer for later.  You'll be happy you did!




Enjoy!

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