simple sugar cookies with buttercream

filed under: Sugar Cookies on March 16, 2015

Making sugar cookies is one of those therapeutic things that seems to get me back ‘on center’. In a chaotic and stressful and demanding world, there is something so satisfying about the simple combination of flour, butter and sugar.


Simple Sugar Cookies with Buttercream
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Making sugar cookies is one of those therapeutic things that seems to get me back ‘on center’. In a chaotic and stressful and demanding world, there is something so satisfying about the simple combination of flour, butter and sugar.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Simple Sugar Cookies with Buttercream
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Amanda Rettke
Sugar Cookie
  • 1 c 125g confectioners sugar
  • 1 c 227g butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c 125g all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c 94g cake flour
  • 2 tsp. 7g cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. 1g baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. 1g baking soda
  • pinch table salt
Green Buttercream
  • 2 c 250g confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 c butter 28g, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. 3g vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons 20-30g milk
  • 1 drops McCormick® green food coloring
  • Gold Sprinkles about 2 tablespoons total
  1. 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.

  2. While that is mixer place flour, cake flour, cornstarch, baking powder and baking soda into a bowl and whisk together.

  3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Mix until just combined.
  4. Remove bowl from mixer and add in pinch of salt. With a rubber spatula, scrape down sides of bowl and gently mix ingredients.

  5. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out balls of sugar cookie and place on a parchment lined baking sheet close together.

  6. Do this until all the dough is gone; you should have about 24 sugar cookie dough balls.
  7. 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)

  8. When ready to bake heat oven to 350 degrees F. (325 in convection ovens)
  9. Place dough ball (can still be frozen) on parchment lined baking sheet 2 inches apart from each other.
  10. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until no longer "wet" looking in the center. These cookies are best when slightly under-done.

  11. Buttercream
  12. Cream butter and vanilla in mixer for 2-4 minutes.
  13. Add in powder sugar, one cup at a time.
  14. If you find your mixer struggling, slowing add in milk.
  15. Add in food coloring. (Use more or less to reach your desired consistency)
  16. Use more milk for a creamy consistency, use less milk for a stiff consistency



Simple Sugar Cookies with Green Buttercream and Gold Sprinkles!

I was just playing around and came up with this recipe. See, I have my Best Sugar Cookie memorized but felt like making a few changes just to see what would happen. (Not only do I have my own memorized, but the recipes of friends. Calley has uses confectioners sugar, Bridget only uses one egg, etc. It was fun to incorporated their tricks into this!)

Confectioners sugar instead of granulated.

No almond extract.

Adding cornstarch.

Adding in some cake flour.

Using less egg.

Simple Sugar Cookies with Green Buttercream and Gold Sprinkles!

Just different stuff that changed as I went along.

Then, because of St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to make some mint green buttercream and top with gold sprinkles. Easy. Fun. Perfectly perfect for an Irish snack.

I mean, this is in no way an authentic Irish recipe. Nor was it served to a real Irish person.

Unless you count me who is 1/16th Irish. And proud of it!


Simple Sugar Cookies with Green Buttercream and Gold Sprinkles!

Tips for Success:

It is important to let the dough chill for these cookies. If the dough is room temperature they will spread out much more.

I made a batch that were golden around the edges and found those to be a bit too crunchy. The goal for this recipe was to create a light, soft, buttery and airy cookie that almost melted in your mouth.
PRO-TIP: To get the softest possible cookies, I slightly underbaked the cookies. (just by a minute, you don’t want raw cookie)

Try adding sprinkles to the dough. Or making the buttercream yellow. Or chocolate! This recipe is really open to customization and personalization.

Simple Sugar Cookies with Green Buttercream and Gold Sprinkles!

If you are feeling a bit scandalous (although this is not really scandalous) try adding some champagne to your buttercream for a fun St. Patty’s Day kick!)

Hope you have a fun St. Patrick’s Day!

No-Fail method for creating the most LIGHT, SOFT, and BUTTERY sugar cookies!

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  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen says:

    I’ll eat a few of these while drinking a Guinness and then that totally makes it Irish. Right? I don’t know. Either way it will be delicious! 🙂

  • Zainab says:

    Oh Amanda these are so pretty!! I want three right now 🙂

  • Teresa says:

    They’re so pretty, Amanda. I wish I was eating one right now! 🙂

  • Julie | This Gal Cooks says:

    These cookies are so pretty, Amanda! LOVE the mint green frosting and the changes that you made to your other sugar cookie recipe. <3

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    Love that gorgeous green frosting! These look so super soft!

  • Kelly says:

    These are so so pretty!! They look so soft and I love the green frosting!

  • Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says:

    These cookies are perfect for St. Patty’s or even Easter. I love a good sugar cookie especially when frosting is involved.

  • Joanne says:

    I’m feel more st. patrick’s day festive just looking at these!

  • Monica says:

    There’s something honestly magical about the simple sugar cookie – every time we eat it, we’re impressed by how good it is! I’ve never made thick ones like these and that frosting is such a beautiful color. You have definitely elevated the simple sugar cookie into another level of gorgeousness.

  • Anne Marie says:

    Oooooh, I will have to try these! I am also wondering if you have a cookie that will ship well? My youngest is away at college and I would love to send her some cookies – takes about 2 days to get to her. Any suggestions would be appreciated 🙂 Thank you.

  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks says:

    Beautiful sugar cookies Amanda!

  • Lynn | The Road to Honey says:

    How beautiful and spring-like are these cookies? I think these also would be perfect for Easter.. .perhaps even cut out in egg and bunny shapes. Love, love, love.

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says:

    These are just lovely, Amanda. I’ll take a dozen!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says:

    Butter and sugar are the perfect stress relievers. I always head to the kitchen after I’ve had a bad day. These are gorgeous.

  • Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel says:

    edibly gorgeous and stunning. HAPPY ST.PATTY’S DAY TO YOU!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    I seriously cannot quit you. Let’s be neighbors. Is it weird how many times I mention wanting to be your neighbor?!

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments says:

    I love simple and these look Ah-mazing! It’s been far too long since I’ve made sugar cookies. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    I”m drooling, seriously. Sugar cookies are my jam. I love this recipe!

  • CakeSpy says:

    A perfect cookie, and one of my favorite ways to get ready for a holiday – just personalize the buttercream color! <3

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Amanda, these cookies are sooooo pretty!!! love!!

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    I find butter and sugar therapeutic as well 🙂

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

    These cookies are amazing. I love how soft and chewy they look. Sugar cookies are totally comforting.

  • ChiChi says:

    Your cookies are so cute, Amanda. Love the mint colour and the gold sprinkles.

  • Jill Murphy says:

    It is INCREDIBLY important to chill the dough first

  • Lauren says:

    I am going gaga over these cookies! They are absolutely beautiful!