Mother’s Day Sugar Cookies

Mother’s Day Sugar Cookies

I don’t need much of an excuse to make sugar cookies, so when Mother’s Day rolled around, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to whip up a batch of cookies.  I used crinkle cut square cookie cutters along with my favorite sugar cookie recipe, and then decorated the cookies with royal icing.  I wanted the icing colors to be fitting for the occasion, so I made yellow, purple, and white icing.  And I knew we would be having other desserts too, so I packaged up some of the cookies in little plastic treat bags, and placed a cookie at each place setting.  This way, my guests could take them home as favors, and the cookies also served as table decorations.  Enjoy!

Sugar Cookies

(print recipe)


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 ½ cups sifted flour


  1. Cream the butter and powdered sugar.
  2. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla extract, salt and flour.
  3. Chill dough until firm.
  4. Roll to ¼” thickness on a well-floured surface.
  5. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets, and bake at 375° for 8-10 min. The cookies should not brown.
  6. Frost and decorate when cool.

Yields: 3-4 dozen cookies, depending on size (Recipe can be doubled)

Recipe from: Annie’s-Eats blog

Royal Icing

(print recipe)


  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 5-6 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract


  1. Beat all ingredients at low speed for 7 to 10 minutes, or until icing forms peaks.


  • Icing recipe can be doubled.  I recommend doubling it if you double the cookie recipe and/or if you are using more than 2 colors of icing.  It’s always better to have a little extra, than to run out.
  • Keep icing covered with a wet kitchen towel (or wet paper towels) at all times, as icing can dry out quickly.
  • Click on this link for a good tutorial on how to decorate cookies with royal icing.
  • Have fun!

Royal Icing Recipe Adapted from: All Recipes

For the cookies, I used the largest cookie cutter as well as the medium sized one. (Photo from

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9 Responses to “Mother’s Day Sugar Cookies”

  1. 1 Annie May 11, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    They look beautiful! Great job. I have been dying for those cookie cutters, and you may have just pushed me over the edge!

    • 2 Eric May 11, 2010 at 10:29 AM

      I was’nt so sure they would be worth it when she bought them. She has SO much cookies stuff. I mean, they are just squares. But when you put some decoration on them, they really did look nice. And I’m all for anything that gets me more cookies.

      The small cookies were great for after dinner while the big ones made a great take home gift.

  2. 3 Kathy May 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    The cookies were delicious and looked so pretty at each
    place setting. I also liked the way you had the small
    cookies on a plate on our table. After eating, a few of us
    had a small cookie. Don especialy liked these cookies.


  3. 4 Sue May 23, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    These are beautiful! Love the colors!

  4. 5 bridget {bake at 350} May 24, 2010 at 5:45 AM

    Darling cookies! Thanks for linking them!

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