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Frosted Sugar Cookies

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Traditional sugar cookies frosted with buttercream and dressed up for the holiday make these Frosted Sugar Cookies the perfect Christmas treat!

Traditional sugar cookies frosted with buttercream and dressed up for the holiday make these Frosted Sugar Cookies the perfect Christmas treat!

Every Christmas I make dozens of cookies.  Dozens upon dozens upon dozens.  I make everything from peanut butter blossoms to chocolate crinkles to thumbprints and of course, sugar cookies.

If you’ve been reading JavaCupcake for a while, you’ll know I’ve posted the recipe for these sugar cookies many times and for many different occasions or holidays.  This recipe is the perfect sugar cookie recipe and it comes out beautifully every time I make it.  It also comes from the cookbook my mother and I used to bake from when I was kid.

Holiday Frosted Sugar Cookies #12DaysOfCookies | JavaCupcake.comSo this recipe has sentimental value.  A lot of it.  These sugar cookies are one of the first things I can remember baking with my Mom as a kid.  She made making these every Christmas a tradition… one that I’ve carried on to my family.

And some day, I’ll pass on the cookbook to my daughter so that she can teach her daughter to bake sugar cookies.

Holiday Frosted Sugar Cookies #12DaysOfCookies |

Since I wanted to make these frosted sugar cookies special for Christmas, I used a basic round cookie cutter to shape the dough.  When we’re making these cookies for Santa, was use different shapes of cookie cutters… like trees, snowflakes, stars, etc… but I wanted these to be the same in size and shape to show you how easy they’d be to make for your holiday party.

Aren’t they just beautiful in red and green?  Simple, yet perfect for a Christmas party or cookie exchange.  Honestly, I think they look a lot like I bought them in a bakery shaped this way.

Traditional sugar cookies frosted with buttercream and dressed up for the holiday make these Frosted Sugar Cookies the perfect Christmas treat!


Frosted Sugar Cookies
Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 21 minutes



  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • up to 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • Red & Green gel food coloring
  • Red, green & white sugar pearls



  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  3. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  7. Cover with plastic and refrigerate 2 hours or over night.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  9. On a floured counter, knead the dough 2-3 times until smooth. Roll out cookie dough to about 1/8" thick. Cut out 3" circles with a cutter and place on the cookie sheet 1" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  10. Bake for 6-7 minutes or until the edges are SLIGHTLY brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  11. Allow to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add up to 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency. If you like it thicker, add less cream. If you want it thinner, add more cream.
  5. Whip on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Separate frosting into two bowls. Color one with red and another with green gel coloring.

Assembly & Storage

  1. Frost half the cookies with red and the other half with green.
  2. Sprinkle sugar pears on top of the frosting.
  3. Store in an air tight container for up to a week.

Want more cookies?

Check out the main page for the 12 Days of Cookies and you’ll find the links to all the recipes! Next cookie will be posted on Black Friday!

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