Frosted Sugar Cookies (A Kid Favorite)

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 cookies


  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted, organic butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup organic sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract can use 1/2 almond extract & 1/2 vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour sifted (don't skip the sifting!), plus more for dusting the work surface
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • For the Icing:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tbsp of milk I always add a bit more until the texture is right, if you use food coloring then you can use a little less extra milk
  • A few drops of food coloring optional
  • *Icing should be thick enough to stick to the back of a spoon but smooth enough to be spreadable.


  1. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed.
  2. Add in the egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and salt, then stir into the butter mixture with the mixer on low.
  4. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Line a cookie sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper.
  7. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness and cut into your desired shapes with cookie cutters.
  8. Place the cookies on the prepared pan and bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are starting to turn golden, but not brown.
  9. These cookies are supposed to not look done when you take them out, but they should be firm and set.
  10. They will have a soft texture when cooled if they do not bake too long.
  11. Transfer to a wire rack and cool while you prepare the icing.
  12. To make the icing, sift the sugar into a bowl, add the milk and food coloring (if using) and stir.
  13. If mixture is too thick, add a little more milk.
  14. If mixture is too thin, add a little more sugar.
  15. This is simple to adjust to get the right consistency.
  16. Spread icing on cookies when they are completely cooled. The icing will set when they are completely dry.