Archive for the 'Sugar Cookies' Category

Cupcake Sugar Cookies

Here are a few photos of the cupcake sugar cookies that I recently made.  This cookie cutter was a gift from my Mom – I love it!  These cookies were so much fun to decorate!

cupcake cookie cutter


Onesie Sugar Cookies for a Baby Shower

Here are a few photos of the sugar cookie favors I made for a baby shower.  These cookies were so much fun to decorate!  I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe and decorated the cookies with royal icing.  The onesie cookie cutter is from Michael’s, and the rattle cookie cutter is from Sur La Table.  Enjoy!

Beach Ball Sugar Cookies

Beach Ball Sugar Cookies

I made these beach ball sugar cookies for a 3 year old boy’s birthday pool party.  As always, I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe and decorated the cookies with royal icing (for the recipes, click here).  I used a large circle cookie cutter, and wrapped the cookies in 4×6” treat bags.  Here are a few photos!

Jelly roll pans (cookie sheets with sides) work well for storing the cookies while the icing dries, because you can cover them with plastic wrap.

Thank you, Heather!

Summer Sugar Cookies

Summer Sugar Cookies

The Summer season officially started last week.  Here are a few photos of the cookies I made for a Summer BBQ.  Happy Summer!

The beach balls and watermelons were both made with round cookie cutters.   To make watermelon cookies, use a round cookie cutter and then slice each circle of dough in half before baking.

Source: Watermelon cookies inspirationBeach ball cookie inspiration

My Cookie Cutter Collection

My Cookie Cutter Collection

I’ve mentioned before that I really like to bake and decorate sugar cookies.  It’s so fun to create different designs, and since the cookie is the canvas, you can eat the “mistakes”… or as I call them, the ugly cookies.  :)  I’ve been collecting cookie cutters for years, and I now have a pretty large collection.  Some of the cookie cutters were gifts and many came in sets.  They are from a lot of different stores, including Williams Sonoma, Sur la Table, Michaels, Crate and Barrel, etc.  I like making sugar cookies for all occasions, especially holidays and parties.

I keep all of my cookie cutters in a large plastic box, and while it’s not the most organized system (they are all just randomly thrown in there), it works for me.  I don’t mind digging through the box to find what I’m looking for.  The problem is, sometimes I forget which ones I have or what they look like.  And when I want to make cookies for a certain occasion, I need to know which shapes I have to work with (ie.- which ones to look for when I am digging around in the box!)  To fix this problem, I decided to create a photo inventory of all my cookie cutters.  (Note- I did this quickly, so some of the photos are a little blurry or dark).  Here are the photos!

Insects: Butterflies, dragonfly, frog, snail, caterpillar, ladybug

Baby: bear, onesie, rocking horse, carriage, rattle

Baptism or other church event


Easter: Eggs, basket, sheep, bunnies, carrot, duck

Fruits: Apples, strawberry, peach, pear, banana



More Numbers

Birthday: balloon, icecream cone, cupcake

St. Patrick's Day shamrocks


Crinkle Cut Squares

Holiday: Lots of Christmas trees, candy canes, holly, snowmen, gingerbread boys, reindeer, Santa, stocking, ornament, Holiday light, snow hat, mini bell & angel

Fall Leaves

Halloween: pumpkins, ghosts, bat, witch hat, haunted house, BOO

Shapes: circles, pentagon, triangle, diamond

Transportation: rocket & car

Wedding: diamond ring, wedding bells, cakes, wedding or bridesmaid dresses

Sports: jersey, footballs, bat, hockey stick, helmet



New Year's/Celebrations: champagne flute

Valentine's Day: Lots of hearts, XO, cupid, dove, lips

The entire collection

This is where I store all of them.

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

Other sugar cookies:

Butterfly Sugar Cookies

Butterfly Sugar Cookies

Happy Birthday Alyson!  My niece turned one this week, and she is celebrating with a butterfly themed birthday party.  For the party, I made butterfly sugar cookies using my favorite sugar cookie recipe.  Here are a few photos!

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