Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Sarah Smart
Hands-on Time
45 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours 12 Mins
Serves 40 (serving size: 1 cookie)

Add water to icing a drop at a time for thinner spreading consistency. Decorate with dragée (sometimes called sugar pearls), gold or silver dust, and coarse or sparkling sugar, and tint the frosting with food color paste. All are available at Make the cookie dough up to a month in advance, wrap it tightly, and freeze. Thaw dough completely by placing it in the refrigerator overnight.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare cookies, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and baking powder, stirring with a whisk. Place butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at high speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, and beat until well blended. Beat in vanilla extract. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture to butter mixture; beat just until combined.

Step 3

Shape dough into a 4-inch round, and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out 40 (2 x 3-inch) cookies, rerolling scraps as necessary. Place cookies 1 inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350° for 9 minutes or until lightly browned on bottoms. Cool on a wire rack.

Step 4

To prepare icing, combine powdered sugar, egg white powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt, stirring well. Gradually add 2 tablespoons water, stirring constantly with a whisk until smooth. Decorate cookies as desired. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired. Let the cookies stand on a cooling rack until icing is completely dry (about 1 hour).

Step 5

VARIATION 1: Gingerbread Cookies

Step 6

Prepare Iced Sugar Cookies, increasing flour to 25 ounces (about 2 1/2 cups). Stir 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice into flour mixture. Add 1/4 cup molasses to dough when vanilla is added. Halve icing recipe; decorate as desired. SERVES 40 (serving size: 1 cookie) CALORIES 91; FAT 7g (sat 2g); SODIUM 63mg

Step 7

Finishing flourishes don't require special equipment. First, “flood” cookies by spreading thin frosting with a small offset spatula to coat, if desired. Pipe thicker frosting from a zip-top bag to outline. Use a toothpick to make small dots of icing that act as glue for decorative details like sugar pearls.

Step 8

VARIATION 2: Pecan Cookies

Step 9

Prepare Iced Sugar Cookies, decreasing the butter to 10 tablespoons. Stir 3/4 cup chopped, toasted pecans into dough. Omit icing. Dust cooled cookies with 1/3 cup powdered sugar. SERVES 40 (serving size: 1 cookie) CALORIES 82; FAT 5g (sat 2g); SODIUM 54mg

Step 10

Dust cookies with a bit of powdered sugar for a finishing touch that's not too sweet. Place sugar in a fine sieve, and shake it over cooled cookies.

Ratings & Reviews

IPCmom's Review

March 26, 2013

ashleylahr's Review

December 19, 2012

buenacena's Review

February 17, 2012
These are delicious. I did cheat and use store bought icing. But the cookie part was super tasty. My fiancé ate 3 in a matter of minutes. Agree with the other comments about the dough stickiness. Use lots of flour! It won't ruin the dough.

earlywhite's Review

December 22, 2011
I LOVE THESE COOKIES! I am using my mom's account to say this! I'm going to help my mom make these! I bet this is is going to be AWESOME! I've been excited about this for SO LONG!

starwitness's Review

December 17, 2011
This is a quick, easy recipe that made perfect cookies. The only thing that was less than satisfactory is the yield size -- unless you're making very tiny cookies, you are not going to get 40 cookies out of this recipe. As another review noted, the dough is a bit sticky, but if you're liberal with the flour they will turn out great.

peanut3149's Review

December 10, 2011
Thin and crispy just the way I like them. Dough slightly sticky but flour helped.

ethelmacias's Review

March 08, 2012
This recipe is terrific! Made it with my mom yesterday and it was perfect! It turned out what we expect. If you are looking for more tasty and delicious bread recipes -- Now is the right time to make one just watch the videos and follow list of bread recipes at, and for more exciting and delectable recipes. Have fun!!