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Buttercream Sugar Cookies {Decorated for Valentine’s Day}

Buttercream Sugar Cookies {Decorated for Valentine’s Day}



Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate love than with a batch of homemade Buttercream Sugar Cookies!

buttercream sugar cookies

These delightful treats taste heavenly and make for a fun and creative activity to share with your special someone. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and embark on a baking adventure filled with love and sweetness!

What You’ll Need to Make Buttercream Frosted Sugar Cookies

Before making our scrumptious Valentine-themed Buttercream Sugar Cookies, let’s examine each ingredient’s unique role. Get ready for a fun and tasty adventure! 

buttercream frosted sugar cookies

  1. Unsalted Butter (for Sugar Cookies and Buttercream): Melted Butter adds rich flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth texture to sugar cookies, creating a creamy frosting in the buttercream.
  2. Granulated Sugar (for Sugar Cookies): Sweetens cookies, contributing to the perfect level of sweetness and a moist, tender texture.
  3. Eggs (for Sugar Cookies): Acts as a binding agent, enhancing the light and fluffy texture while providing structure.
  4. Vanilla Extract (for Sugar Cookies and Buttercream): Adds a warm aroma and sweet note, complementing the buttery goodness in the sugar cookies and the buttercream.
  5. All-Purpose Flour (for Sugar Cookies): Forms the foundation, providing structure and thickness for easy shaping and creative cutouts.
  6. Salt, Baking Soda, and Baking Powder (for Sugar Cookies): Ensures flavor balance and the perfect rise, with salt enhancing taste and baking soda and powder creating a soft, tender texture.
  7. Confectioners’ Sugar (for Buttercream): The key to smooth and sweet buttercream is whipping it up into a velvety consistency that complements the richness of butter.




Sugar Cookies:

how to make easy sugar cookies

1. In a large bowl, blend butter and sugar until smooth (1-2 minutes).

2. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).

3. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a separate bowl.

4. Add dry ingredients to wet; beat until well combined and the dough sticks together (1-2 minutes).

cutout sugar cookies recipe

5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.



6. Sprinkle a table or silicone baking sheet lightly with flour. Roll out the dough and cut shapes using cookie cutters.

7. Use a rolling pin with a 3/8″ thickness ring for soft and thick cookies.

easy sugar cookies recipe

8. Place cut-out cookies on the prepared sheet and freeze for 20 minutes.*

9. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

10. Line a second baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake cookies (2 inches apart) for 15-17 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. Only bake one tray at a time.

11. Repeat with remaining cookies.

12. Cool cookies completely before frosting.

Buttercream:

buttercream sugar cookies ingredients

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).




Decorating Steps:

1. Separate icings into bowls to color as desired.

2. Use food coloring; stir until colors are fully incorporated.

decorating sugar cookies

3. Place icings into tipless piping bags and seal the ends.

4. Cut small openings in the tips; larger for background colors, smaller for detailed work.

5. If icings are stiff, warm them by rolling piping bags between hands.

buttercream frosted sugar cookies

6. Begin with background colors, refrigerating briefly for smoothing if needed.

7. Work on decorating cookies in layers – background color first, then prints, sprinkles, etc.

Tips and Tricks for Making Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

Ready to whip up those delicious Buttercream Sugar Cookies? We’ve got some fantastic tips and tricks to share, from saving crumbly dough to freezing hacks. Let’s dive into the fun side of baking and make sure your cookies turn out as awesome as can be. 




sugar cookies with buttercream frosting

Q1: My dough is all crumbly. Is there any way to rescue it?

A: Absolutely! If your dough is too dry, just beat in an extra ¼ cup of melted butter.

Q2: My dough is sticking to everything! Any hacks to fix it?

A: No worries! If your dough is super sticky, sprinkle some extra flour on your table, knead it in, and ensure your table and rolling pin are generously dusted with flour before rolling it out.

Q3: Can I toss these sugar cookies with buttercream frosting into the freezer?

A: Totally! These cookies can chill in the freezer for up to 2 months; just seal them properly in a food-safe container. Remember to thaw them before serving.

Q4: What about freezing the sugar cookie dough for later use?

A: Absolutely! Cut your dough into fun shapes, freeze those shapes for 30 minutes in a single layer, then pop them into a food-safe container. This ensures your raw cookies won’t cling together.

sugar cookies with buttercream frosting

Q5: Got some leftover buttercream frosting. Can I freeze it?

A: For sure! Freeze that buttercream frosting for up to 3 months; just make sure it’s sealed tight in a food-safe container. Give it time to thaw before spreading the joy.

Q6: Do these sugar cookies with buttercream need to chill in the fridge?

A: Nope! Thanks to the butter-to-sugar ratio, these cookies can hang out at room temperature for up to 3 days. But, for extra caution, pop them in the fridge before packing to keep the icing in check. 

Q7: Is it essential to freeze the cookies before baking, and for how long should I freeze them?

A: Yes. Freezing the cookies for at least 20 minutes before baking is crucial to prevent excessive spreading during the baking process. This step helps maintain the intended shapes and ensures that your sugar cookies with buttercream frosting retain the perfect texture and presentation.



Variations for Buttercream Sugar Cookies

Explore the endless possibilities of flavor and design with these delightful variations for your buttercream sugar cookies. Get ready to infuse creativity into every batch!

Valentine's sugar cookies

Citrus Burst:

Add a zesty twist to your buttercream by incorporating citrus zest, such as lemon or orange. The bright, refreshing flavors will complement the sweetness of the cookies.

Chocolate Delight:

For chocolate lovers, blend cocoa powder into the buttercream for a rich and indulgent chocolate flavor. Add mini chocolate chips to the cookie dough for an extra decadent touch.

Fruity Paradise:

Experiment with different fruit extracts or purees to create fruity buttercream variations. Strawberry, raspberry, or passion fruit can lend a natural sweetness.

valentine sugar cookies

Spiced Elegance:

Infuse warmth and depth into your buttercream with cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin spice. Perfect for a cozy, autumn-inspired treat.

Coffee Infusion:

Elevate your buttercream with a hint of coffee flavor. Dissolve instant coffee granules in vanilla extract before adding it to the mixture for a subtle coffee kick.

Sprinkle Fiesta:

Toss in colorful sprinkles, edible glitter, or crushed nuts to the buttercream for a festive, textured finish. Let your imagination run wild with the decorations!

You’re all set to create these amazing Valentine’s Buttercream Sugar Cookies! Now, it’s time to have some fun in the kitchen! Put on your apron, heat up that oven, and let the yummy smell of freshly baked cookies fill your home. Share the sweetness with your favorite people and enjoy every delicious bite of your homemade treat. Happy baking! 

MORE YUMMY DESSERT RECIPES TO TRY!

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Buttercream Sugar Cookies


  • Author: Jocelyn Brown

Description

Bake up joy with this easy buttercream sugar cookies recipe with simple tips, creative variations, and step-by-step instructions for delightful Valentine treats.


Ingredients

Scale

Sugar Cookies: 

1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, slightly melted

1 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups (420 grams) all-purpose flour 

½ teaspoon salt 

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder

Buttercream: 

2 cups (454 grams) unsalted butter, slightly melted

5 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Instructions

Sugar Cookies:

  1. In a large bowl, blend butter and sugar until smooth (1-2 minutes).
  2. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet; beat until well combined, and the dough sticks together (1-2 minutes).
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Sprinkle a table or silicone baking sheet lightly with flour. Roll out the dough and cut shapes using cookie cutters.
  7. For soft and thick cookies, use a rolling pin with a 3/8” thickness ring.
  8. Place cut-out cookies on the prepared sheet, freeze for 20 minutes.*
  9. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  10. Line a second baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake cookies (2 inches apart) for 15-17 minutes or until edges are slightly brown. Only bake one tray at a time.
  11. Repeat with remaining cookies.
  12. Cool cookies completely before frosting.

Buttercream:

  1. In a large bowl, beat together butter, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).

Decorating Steps:

  1. Separate icings into bowls to color as desired.
  2. Use food coloring; stir until colors are fully incorporated.
  3. Place icings into tipless piping bags and seal the ends.
  4. Cut small openings in the tips; larger for background colors, smaller for detailed work.
  5. If icings are stiff, warm by rolling piping bags between hands.
  6. Begin with background colors, refrigerating briefly for smoothing if needed.
  7. Work on decorating cookies in layers – background color first, then prints, sprinkles, etc.



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A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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18 Comments

  1. 02/09/2024 / 6:57 pm

    These look sooo yummy! I love cute hearts – I can’t wait to try it out myself!

  2. 02/04/2024 / 7:29 pm

    I love making homemade buttercream icing. But I haven’t made it for topping cookies yet. I’ll have to make some for Valentine’s Day. My son would love them.

  3. 02/03/2024 / 11:37 am

    This would be a fun activity for my daughter and me to get involved in as preparation for Valentine’s Day. She’ll do the decorating for sure.

  4. Nikki Wayne
    02/03/2024 / 10:14 am

    This cookies is what I am looking forward to make. Thanks for this recipe, it will help me to make one.

  5. 02/03/2024 / 6:06 am

    I love cookies like these. Your recipe looks very tasty. I’ll add it to my recipe book.

  6. Luna S
    02/03/2024 / 3:52 am

    They look & sound absolutely amazing! My kids love to bake together so I will share this with them and see if they want to make them with me. Thanks for sharing.

  7. 02/03/2024 / 3:17 am

    So cute! I don’t know if I am as creative as you or if the cookies would look nearly as good if I make them. However this is the perfect Valentine’s treat!

  8. 02/03/2024 / 2:50 am

    Another wonderful recipe! These Buttercream Sugar Cookies look so pretty and delicious 😍. I’ll try it, soon 🤤.

  9. vidya
    02/03/2024 / 1:22 am

    oh these are such adorable ideas for sugar cookies for Valentines day celebrations..

  10. Lavanda
    02/03/2024 / 12:37 am

    These cookies are so cute! My daughter’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day so I’ll definitely be trying your recipe!!

  11. 02/02/2024 / 11:07 pm

    I love making sugar cookies and decorating them! These puns are certainly very fun!

  12. 02/02/2024 / 7:27 pm

    This is such a sweet idea for Valentine’s Day! I’ll have to see if it works with my gluten-free flour. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  13. Tara Pittman
    02/02/2024 / 3:58 am

    Buttercream cookies are the best. I have to try this recipe.

  14. Amber Myers
    02/02/2024 / 2:11 am

    We would love these cookies. I will have to make them with the kids soon. Buttercream frosting is the best.

  15. 02/02/2024 / 1:31 am

    These cookies are amazing! I’m going to make an extra big batch to give to family and friends this Valentine’s Day.

  16. 02/02/2024 / 1:29 am

    I love these cookies. They’re so rich, and the frosting is so festive!

  17. 02/02/2024 / 12:45 am

    Your Buttercream Sugar Cookies decorated for Valentine’s Day are not only visually stunning but also look incredibly delicious! The combination of soft sugar cookies and vibrant buttercream frosting is perfect for celebrating the holiday of love. Your step-by-step instructions and decorating tips make it accessible for home bakers to recreate these beautiful treats. Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe – I can’t wait to try making and sharing these delightful cookies with loved ones. Keep those amazing recipes coming! 💖🍪👩‍🍳🌟

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