Best Decorated Sugar Cookie Recipe

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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.

collage of 5 images of colorful and uniquely decorated bookies

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. 

close up 3 cookies decorated to look like footballs

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. 

image on left of more primitively decorated cookies, image on right of detailed decorated gingerbread cookies

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.

collage of 4 different images of frosted and decorated cookies

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.

collage of decorated sugar bookies

Enjoy creating with your family and friends with the best decorated sugar cookie recipe and your imagination. 

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. 

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  1. I love decorated sugar cookies but man, do they take a long time to make! Yours look fantastic!

  2. Great post! Making Holiday cookies together is always a very special time of year. I like your cream cheese dough, I will definitely give it a try.

  3. Doctor Who? And the Christmas Story? You have an amazing family! I love these cookies and that you take the time to decorate them. Great family time activity for sure!

  4. I love the recipe you shared. I think it is great that you can make so many fun cookies with one recipe! Getting kids involved in the kitchen is so fun. Thanks so much for being a part of the Fill The Cookie Jar group!

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