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Circular biscuits topped with white icing and multicoloured sprinkles on a textured green background

Sugar cookies

Published: May 9, 2022 at 12:02 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + chilling + cooling
  • Easy
  • Makes 25-30 cookies

These vanilla-flavoured biscuits are topped with a light frosting made from egg whites and icing sugar, and take just 30 minutes to make

Nutrition: Per cookie (30)

Make these charming sugar cookies for an afternoon treat, then try our cereal cookies, chocolate chip cookies and more fun baking recipes.


  • 200g unsalted butter, softened
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, 1 separated
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 150g icing sugar, sifted
  • food colouring (optional)


  • STEP 1

    Make the dough by creaming together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add 1 whole egg, 1 egg yolk and the vanilla, and beat to combine.

  • STEP 2

    Sift over the flour and baking powder, then gradually mix the flour into the dough until combined. Wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

  • STEP 3

    Cut the dough in half and roll out on a lightly floured worksurface or in between two pieces of baking paper until about 5mm thick. Cut out cookies from the dough using cutters of your choice, or use a knife to score into squares. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with baking paper or a silicone baking mat, leaving a little room in between each cookie. Repeat with the remaining dough. Chill for 10 minutes while you heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

  • STEP 4

    Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, swapping the trays around halfway if baking more than one batch, until they look pale, dry and sandy. They will firm up more once they are cool. Cool on the tray for 5 minutes until firm enough to move to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • STEP 5

    Whisk the egg white until white and foamy, then add enough to the icing sugar to make a thick paste. Add a little food colouring to the icing, if you like. Use the icing to decorate the biscuits, and leave them to set completely before serving.

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