Sugar Cookies with Icing

Buttery and tender vanilla cut-out sugar cookies with the perfect icing that not only dries hard and glossy but actually tastes good! No chilling required!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 3 dozen



  • 1 cup Butter softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg plus one yolk
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Flour
  • ½ tsp. Baking powder
  • ½ tsp. Baking soda
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • Powdered sugar or flour for rolling


  • 2 T. Whole milk
  • 2 T. Corn syrup
  • 3 cups Powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract



  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Mix in egg and vanilla.
  3. Sift or whisk remaining ingredients then stir into creamed butter mixture.
  4. Preheat oven to 375*F.
  5. Roll out to about ¼ inch thickness and cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
  6. Arrange on parchment lined cookie sheets at least 1” apart.
  7. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until the top looks dry and the cookie has risen slightly in the middle.

  8. Cool on racks until room temperature before icing.


  1. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Icing will be thick. Color as desired.

  2. Spread gently over cooled cookies and allow a couple hours to set and harden.

Recipe Notes

Slice and Bake Option

Roll into a log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375*F. Slice into circles about ¼” thick and arrange on a parchment lined cookie sheet 1” apart. Bake for about 6-8 minutes. Proceed with cooling and icing.