Making frosted and decorated cookies is a tradition in my family. I remember making and decorating cookies with my mom when I was eight years old and each year after that. It’s a fun tradition that encourages my children’s creativity and guarantees my family spends an entire afternoon together every busy holiday season. I use this same recipe for cut-out cookies all-year long. It’s versatile and the best decorated sugar cookie recipe. Really.
This is my favorite cut-out cookie recipe because it holds it’s shape when it bakes. It doesn’t puff up or expand. You get perfectly shaped cookies every time.
Decorating cookies is an entertaining (and delicious) way to encourage your children’s creativity. All the cookies you see here (other than the football cookies) were created by my children from ages 8 through 20. I’m impressed every year by how creative my children are with their cookie decorating.
Making decorated sugar cookies is an easy way to impress and really pump up any occasion. I used this best decorated sugar cookie recipe to make football cookies for my Football Couchgate Party. Needless to say, these cutout football cookies were a big hit at the party.
In addition to events throughout the year, we use this recipe every single Christmas. Over the years my children have invested time and a lot of energy to create frosted cookies of their favorite characters. On the left, you can characters from Adventure Time and on the right are the 11 different Doctor Who Cookies. This decorated sugar cookie recipe is great for kids of all ages and bakers of all decorating skills.
If you’re not familiar with the show, check out how accurate my daughter was in creating these decorated Doctor Who cookies.
Over the years, we’ve created cookies representing Elvis, A Christmas Story, the wicked witch of the East from The Wizard of Oz, Philadelphia Flyers hockey players, characters from Shadow Hunters and many different Christmas-themed cookies. You imagination is your only limit with this decorated sugar cookie recipe.
- 6 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tsp vanilla extract
- 3 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- Combine first four ingredients completely in a large bowl. Add flour to cream cheese mixture and stir until the dough forms a ball.
- Knead the mixture in the bowl for a couple of minutes until pliable and no longer sticky. Add additional flour, if needed.
- Work with dough on floured surface.
- Roll out or press dough until 1/4 inch thick. Cut out with cookie cutters or knife.
- Bake at 350F, until cookie edges are lightly browned. For thicker cookies, bake approximately 15-22 minutes and 10-15 minutes for thinner cookies.
- Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then cool completely on baking rack.
- Decorate with homemade or store-bought frosting once cookies are completely cooled.
- Unfrosted cookies can be frozen in an airtight container.
I’m sharing my decorated sugar cookie recipe at Fill the Cookie Jar, featuring Christmas cookie recipes this month. Be sure to drop and by check out favorite Christmas cookie recipes from all the bloggers participating in Fill the Cookie Jar.