Buttercream Decorated Sugar Cookies

filed under: Sugar Cookies on September 7, 2011

These sugar cookies with buttercream are a fun and easy way to decorate cookies… plus they are delicious!

Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
38 mins

These sugar cookies with buttercream are a fun and easy way to decorate cookies… plus they are delicious!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 -½ cup Butter I Use Unsalted
  • 2 c Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 whole Eggs Yolks
  • 4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp. Almond Extract
  • 4 c All-purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  1. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks and mix until combined.
  3. Add in vanilla and almond extract; mix until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly (about a cup at a time) add flour to butter mixture and combine. You can use a mixer or not, just depends on how strong you are.

  5. I usually just mix ingredients until they are combined.
  6. Put dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. When you are ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees.

  7. Roll dough out, cut out cookies, and bake for 6-8 minutes.

I sorta went nuts.

buttercream sugar cookies

The plan was to make some Rose Cookies for a friend.

I ended up not making a single rose cookie.

But lots of others.


Sugar cookies with chocolate buttercream and a raspberry on top.


Chocolate sugar cookies with buttercream and a cherry on top.


Cherry cookies with chocolate buttercream and chocolate sprinkles.


And a bunch more.

I couldn’t stop.


They are so easy.


And SO yummy.

I didn’t even consider busting out the thesauruses for yummy.  Cause that is by far the best word to describe these cookies.


(To make them cherry flavored, simply add cherry extract instead of almond extract)

The perfect crusting buttercream.

And then chocolate buttercream. And chocolate sugar cookies.  I would share the recipes… but I need to tweak them first.  Right now they are SO chocolaty and SO rich its hard to taste anything else.


Hopefully a tutorial soon.  But right now I need to hit the gym.  And when I say gym, I mean sauna.

Just sayin.

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  • Jen says:

    My teeth are aching just looking at these, I want one (or twenty) right now! Actually, I’d really just like to know which tip you used for the really ruffly designs.

  • College Girl says:

    These look so yummy!
    I know it sounds campy, but one day I want my blog to be as good as yours:)

  • Yael says:

    gorgeous! What tip did you use for the really ruffly ones?

  • Miri Leigh says:

    These are beautiful and look delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Dawn says:

    Beautiful! They look variously a bit like cupcakes, a bit like macaroons. And definitely yummy. 🙂

  • Dawn @ Kitchen Lore says:

    Beautiful! They look variously a bit like cupcakes, a bit like macaroons. And definitely yummy. 🙂

  • kyleen says:

    These are so cute. I love the ones with the raspberries.

  • Barbara says:

    You went nuts, all right. A good kind of nuts (BTW: how did you miss putting NUTS on those cupcakes??) if you ask me. You must have such fun decorating your cookies!

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    HOW am I just now seeing this?!?!? Oh my goodness…I WANT those cookies!!!

  • grace says:

    this is what i like–very little cookie, very lotta frosting. 🙂

  • Vicki says:

    They look beautiful, love the raspberries.
    Tut aren’t they too sickly and sweet with all that buttercream piled on top?

  • Michelle says:

    These are SO Pretty! What kind of frosting tip did you use for the tall ruffley one?

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    Well, I guess they could be considered sickly as you say it. I have enjoyed many a cupcake with frosting piled high, I just wanted to try it on a cookies as well. Sorry if it offends you. 🙂

  • katy says:

    can you share how you created the “carnation” looking pink one? what tip? thanks

  • mary says:

    which tip did u use for the cookies with chocolate and pink frostings??

  • Darla | Bakingdom says:

    Buttercream is my favorite topping for sugar cookies. These are gorgeous, and they look so decadent. It sounds cheesy, but they seriously made me drool. 🙂 I love the fresh fruit and the pinks, browns, reds, and whites…so lovely.

  • Lexy says:

    Will you share what tip you used to get the tall ruffley frosting topper? Thanks.

  • San says:

    Admire these cookies a lot. Iam awestruck on seeing your beautiful space Amanda. Iam so passionate about baking but just that i could not know how to go right with it(i mean i love to become a pastry chef). Your rock. Keep up the great work.

  • Sasha says:

    These are so pretty! Love!

  • soumy says:

    Will try them as soon as i can. But how can i get the ingredients in grams?
    Thank you for sharing

  • Sarah says:

    Those are beautiful! I’d love a tutorial on how you got the frosting to look like that!

  • Mother of 2 kids says:

    I am so lucky to have your recipes.Thank you so much for sharing them, i make one of your brownies and your cookie last halloween days and my kids love em and they ask more for thanksgiving and christmas.Thank you

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