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Best Ever Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

One of my all-time favorite cookie recipes is my sugar cookie with buttercream frosting recipe.  This recipe makes a delicious sugar cookie that is sweet, but not too sweet. 

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

My Recipe for the Perfect Sugar Cookie with Buttercream Frosting

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

I love that you don't need to be fussy with your decorating to make these cookies attractive and perfect for any occasion.  I love them from Valentine's Day, but you'll see from the pictures that these cookies are perfect for every holiday.  They are also perfect everyday cookies.  If you are looking for a copycat Cheryl's Cookie recipe you'll want to try these.  I think these cookies are better, and that's why I call them the Best Ever Sugar Cookies.  

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting
Yummiest Sugar Cookies

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.

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

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies.
Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Fourth of July Sugar Cookies
Add Some Red and Blue Colored Sugar for 4th of July Celebrations

Halloween Sugar Cookies
Halloween Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Butter Cream Frosting

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Makes 2 1/2 dozen 2-inch round cookies

The ingredients for sugar cookies with buttercream frosting.
Sugar Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
The Buttercream Frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  your choice of food coloring


To make the cookies:  

In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of your electric mixer until light and fluffy.  

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Gradually stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until well blended.  Divide the dough into two equal parts.  

Form each into a disk and wrap with plastic wrap.  Chill the dough for two hours.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  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.  

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. 

The baked sugar cookies.
The Baked Sugar Cookies
The cookies should be golden but not browned.  Remove cookies from pan and cool completely before frosting.

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

To Make the Buttercream Frosting:  

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy.  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.  Add the vanilla extract and continue beating until light and fluffy.
Go ahead and lick the beaters.  Just a taste is OK!

Watch My Video-How to Make Buttercream Frosting

To Decorate:

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...

Sprinkle colored sugar or sprinkles on your sugar cookies.
Add Some Colorful Sprinkles
These cookies will freeze nicely as well. Just be sure to let the frosting set before packaging for gift giving or freezing. 

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

These sugar cookies also make a yummy foundation for royal icing.  Here is a picture of my Fourth of July Fireworks Sugar cookies.

Fourth of July Fireworks Sugar Cookies
4th of July Fireworks Cookies

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