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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  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says:

    These are so fun. I can see why you wouldn’t want to stop making them.

  • Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) says:

    You are so creative! What a scrumptious-looking selection you came up with!

  • Sommer says:

    Gor-geous! Can I come live with you? I want all my meals to be this pretty!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective says:

    Gor-geous! Can I come live with you? I want all my meals to be this pretty!

  • A tablespoon of Liz says:

    These are so pretty… I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful sugar cookie… and I love how they’re loaded with frosting, the perfect cookie to frosting ratio!

  • Robyn says:

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  • Robyn @ Imperfect Nest says:

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  • Jeanette says:

    These are so pretty, love the little fruits on top!

  • Regan Martin says:

    Ok…..and SO chocolatey and SO rich are a BAD thing????? We will take that recipe as is…..really! No tweaking necessary! Really! LOL

  • JulieD says:

    So pretty, Amanda! They look like cupcake tops, you know like muffin tops?

  • the urban baker says:

    wow- you are so creative. I never would have thought to pipe cookies like this. One more thing to add to my wish list! You are so special, Amanda!

  • Cookin' Canuck says:

    Gorgeous and yummy seem like the perfect adjectives for these cookies. What a lucky friend you have!

  • Aimee says:

    Oh my gosh – sorry for the tweet comment – had this window & your giveaway window open ~ posted on the wrong one! LOVE LOVE LOVE these beautiful cookies ~ I bet they taste so good!

  • Noa says:

    These are so beautiful and colorful! I love the idea of a cookie with cupcake frosting; the best of both worlds!

  • Kathy - Panini Happy says:

    Oh my goodness, you just elevated simple sugar cookies to that next level!

  • Amanda says:

    they are really pretty! but it’s just that the amount of buttercream is too much for me. 🙁

  • Jennifer S E says:

    Hey there! Would you mind (if you have the time in between 4 kids, life, baking, blogging, etc!) letting us know what tips you used? Your things are just too beautiful and I’d love to give it a try!! THanks for always sharing – you are an inspiration.

  • Elizabeth Branch says:

    These are so adorable! I didn’t think cookies could be as adorable as cupcakes, but you did it. I’m terrible at baking cookies, they always turn out too hard. But after seeing this, I’m definitely going to give them another try! 🙂

  • Georgia Pellegrini says:

    I wish I could make things like this! you are so inspiring.

  • Christy D says:

    How do you make everything look so beautiful?! You are so talented!! You motivate me to practice my skills more…thanks!

  • Tres Delicious says:

    Fantastic! I’m amazed with your creativity. That’s truly a work of art.

  • Jerri says:

    So many yummy treats! And they all turned out lovely! I’d like to invite you to link up at my Friday Favorites party!

  • The Café Sucré Farine says:

    Hi Amanada,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words! As I said in my post, I love your blog, you are always an inspiration for me!
    Oh, but I was a bit embarrassed to have you see my rendition of your lovely cake 🙂

  • Mibbibles says:

    I would be *so* fat if I lived with you.