Frosted Sugar Cookies

Frosted sugar cookies are a fairly simple baking recipe with great results. The cookies are not overly sweet, so the addition of buttercream frosting doesn’t make them too sugary. You can get creative with your frosting or keep it simple–it is all part of the fun of making a frosted cookie. The buttercream frosting recipe is adaptive and can also be used for cakes or cupcakes. You can tweak the thickness of the frosting by adding more confectioners sugar (to make it thicker) or more milk (for a thinner frosting). From Cully’s Kitchen to yours!

Frosted Sugar Cookies
Recipe Type: Cookies

Frosted Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Cullys Kitchen




  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sugar, for pressing
  • [b]Buttercream Frosting:[/b]
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Optional: food coloring as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line with parchment paper or grease 2 baking sheets.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda, and baking powder together in a medium size mixing bowl. Cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer in a large mixing bowl until combined, then add vanilla extract. Slowly add flour mixture until combined; be sure not to overmix.
  3. Roll balls with approximately 2 tablespoons of the mixture and place onto baking sheets. Dip a flat-bottomed glass into the ¼ cup of sugar (in a small bowl) and firmly press down on each dough ball, until the sides come out from under the glass.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the tops of the cookies crack. Let cool for a few minutes then move to a rack to cool before frosting.
  5. [b]Buttercream Frosting:[/b]
  6. Cream the butter with an electric mixer until smooth. Slowly beat in the confectioner’s sugar until combined, then add the vanilla extract.
  7. Pour in the milk and continue to beat for another 3 minutes. You can add more sugar for a thicker consistency if you wish. If using color, add in and mix thoroughly.

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