Hot Eats and Cool Reads: The Best Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe

Jan 7, 2013

The Best Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe

This is my absolute favorite sugar cookie recipe! Our family first started using this recipe when my sister, Shannon was pregnant with my nephew, which is almost 17 years ago! The recipe was found in a Taste of Home magazine and it was titled "Baby Shower Sugar Cookies". How perfect for a new baby on the way. We made them for her baby shower and they were a hit!

Ever since then, I've made them quite regularly for Christmas cookies, or just because I love them. The almond flavoring is delicious and they turn out great every time! Well, except once when my sister Shantel and I used the wrong ingredient. Baking powder, cream of tartar, salt and baking soda should never mistaken for one another. Disastrous! :)

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have over the years!!

The Best Frosted Sugar Cookies (print recipe)

What you need:
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tub of frosting
food coloring (to color frosting if desired) and sprinkles


In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg, beat well. Beat in extracts. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Gradually add to the wet mixture. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, set on parchment lined cookie sheet and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand leaving 1-2 inches between each cookie. Bake for about 10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.

Cool and decorate with frosting and sprinkles. 

Recipe source: Taste of Home 

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On the blog... one year ago:

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This recipe was shared at:

Recipe Round Up at Gooseberry Patch
Weekend Potluck at Sunflower Supper Club
Creative Thursday at Michelle's Tasty Creations
Foodie Friends Friday at A Lil Country Sugar
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thursdays Treasures at Recipes for my Boys
Tasty Thursdays at Mandatory Mooch
Whimsy Wednesdays at The NY Melrose Family
Wednesday Extravaganza at Hungry Little Girl
All My Bloggy Friends at Love Bakes Good Cakes
Trick or Treat Tuesday at Inside BruCrew Life
Totally Tasty Tuesdays at Mandy's Recipe Box
My Turn for Us


  1. I'm drooling as I read the directions. These look delish!

    Thanks for sharing! It's starred in my reader!

  2. Coming over to visit from Miz Helen's. This looks wonderful! Feel free to stop by and link it up with my "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I'd love to have you join us! :-)

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week, Sheena. I look forward to seeing what you share this week :)

  4. Those look really good with the sprinkles. I haven't had sugar cookies in years because I'm too lazy to make them, yet they are one of my favorite cookies. Thanks for sharing the recipe you like best!

  5. Sheena,
    YUM! Sugar cookies are the BEST! My favorite kind of cookie by far, especially if they're frosted :) Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week! Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Sheena,
    We just love a great Sugar Cookie and I always want mine frosted. Thank you so much for celebrating TWO YEARS with FULL PLATE THURSDAY, I appreciate your visit!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

  7. nice looking cookies, mine didnt come out looking as good as yours.

  8. They look so so lovely! I will try this one for sure, since mine for sure don't look that beautiful :)
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - Hope to see you there again next week with more deliciousness :)

  9. Lovely Sheena! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back Sunday and and vote your favorites!

  10. Oh my goodness, Sheena. These look amazing. I love a good sugar cookie. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays. I'm back from vacation and will start a new party tonight. Thanks, Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch


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