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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies & Easy Vanilla Frosting Recipe

  • Yield: 55 -58 1 1/2 inch cookies 1x



Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted flour

Easy Vanilla Frosting

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar


  • 1 1/2 inch mini cookie cutters
  • Seasonal sugars (sprinkles, jimmies, etc.)
  • Gel food coloring


For the cookie dough

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a large bowl and hand mixer), cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in egg.
  3. Add vanilla, salt and sifted flour.
  4. Form dough into a ball and chill 3-4 hours in the refrigerator before rolling.

To cut out the cookies

  1. Flour surface and rolling pin.
  2. Divide the dough into halves and turn one half of the dough onto your floured surface.
  3. Place remaining half of dough back in refrigerator.
  4. Roll dough out until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Flour cookie cutters and cut out cookies.
  6. Repeat with remaining half of dough.
  7. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheets (I use baking stones) and bake at 350* for 8-10 minutes or until just barely colored.
  8. Allow cookies to cool on wire racks.

For the Frosting

  1. Stir melted butter, milk, vanilla, lemon juice and powdered sugar together until smooth.
  2. If desired, divide frosting into small bowls and add gel food coloring until desired colors are reached.
  3. Frost cookies and add sprinkles, sugars or jimmies.


Recipe for Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies & Easy Vanilla Frosting found at