I don’t know if you are aware, but I have five kids. FIVE. (Ages 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2.) Five awesome little people running around who are always willing to help mommy in the kitchen. (Don’t tell, but I wish I had five more! I love being a mom.)

Pretty much the only down side to my job is that mommy (me) is often in the kitchen baking. Baking cookies and cakes and more cookies and all sorts of deliciously, sugary sweet treats.

Giant Sugar Cookies with Cherry Buttercream

Amazing Sugar Cookie Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
This is our go-to sugar cookie recipe and a crowd-pleaser every single time.


  • 1 cup (125 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks / 227 g) butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (94 g) cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch table salt
  • 2 cups (250 g) confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ cup (½ stick / 57 g) butter, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 drop food coloring, if using


Sugar Cookies

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, blend sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla on low to just combine. Switch mixer to medium-high and mixer for about 3 minutes, or until light a fluffy.
  • While that is mixer place flour, cake flour, cornstarch, baking powder and baking soda into a bowl and whisk together.
  • With the mixer on low speed, slowly add dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Mix until just combined.
  • Remove bowl from mixer and add in pinch of salt. With a rubber spatula, scrape down sides of bowl and gently mix ingredients.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out balls of sugar cookie and place on a parchment lined baking sheet close together.
  • Do this until all the dough is gone; you should have about 24 sugar cookie dough balls.
  • Place in freezer for at least one hour. (if freezing for longer make sure the sugar cookie dough is sealed in an air tight container until ready to use)
  • When ready to bake heat oven to 350°F. (325 in convection ovens)
  • Place dough ball (can still be frozen) on parchment lined baking sheet 2 inches apart from each other.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until no longer “wet” looking in the center. These cookies are best when slightly under-done.


  • Cream butter and vanilla in mixer for 2-4 minutes.
  • Add in confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time.
  • If you find your mixer struggling, slowing add in milk.
  • Add in food coloring if necessary.
  • Use more milk for a creamy consistency, use less milk for a stiff consistency.

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Sugar Cookies with Green Buttercream and Gold Sprinkles

My love-hate relationship with sugar is maybe similar to yours? I love baking and decorating and sharing sweet treats with everyone, but don’t like buying bigger sizes of clothes and definitely don’t like the effects of sugar on my teeth.

Or my kids’ teeth.

Sugar Cookies with Green Buttercream and Gold Sprinkles

Because I know.

I know that no one can resist sugar cookies covered in buttercream and gold sprinkles.

Giant Sugar Cookies with Cherry Buttercream

I know that no one can resist giant sugar cookies with cherry buttercream and rainbow sprinkles.

Sugar Cookie Strawberry Shortcake

I know that no one can resist sugar cookies with red velvet cookie and strawberries and whipped cream.

Buttercream Sugar Cookies

I know that no one can resist sugar cookies with massive piles of chocolate buttercream.

I know that no one can resist chocolate sugar cookies with a glorious buttercream peony piped on top.

AH! Someone stop me!!

Or… don’t.

So we talk about pros and cons.

Pro: Mom lets us eat the most amazingest (their word which happens to be an awesome word) treats ever.

Con: It’s not good for our teeth, so we do everything we can to protect them.

What do we do to help our kid’s teeth stay strong and healthy? We utilize oil pulling, we brush regularly (no flossing) and we rinse with peroxide. We also are big fans of probiotics and activated charcoal!

Now, because I have NO INTENTION (can you sense my passion for sugar here?) of eliminating sugar from our lives anytime soon, I am going to share with you the amazing sugar cookie recipe from above.

It is our go-to sugar cookie recipe and a crowd pleaser every.single.time. Having a cookie for an afternoon snack or treat after dinner is one of the ways I love to bless my kids! Sugar in moderation is A-OK in my book!

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. I never realized how amazing sugar cookies could be until I saw these. And you are an amazing mommy. You must keep so busy with all those little ones!

    Happy Friday!

  2. These cookies look amazing! I can’t say no at all to buttercream frosted cookies and you of course make them look stunning!

  3. I’m so delighted that you allow sweetness in your kids’ lives. Honestly I think that will help them build a better nutritional balance and foundation. Love the cookies, of course!

  4. Just one thing about brushing your teeth and sugar: sugar crystals are stronger than our natural teeth enamel… so never brush your teeth immediately after eating something sweet, that actually damages your enamel as the crystals are ground against the tooth. Wait a bit until the sweet taste has “melted” away.

  5. I noticed this sugar cookie recipe is different from the sugar cookie recipe you list in the Giant Sugar Cookies with Pink Buttercream. Which recipe is your go to recipe for sugar cookies?

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