Easy iced sugar and spice cookies with pink buttercream frosting

Iced Sugar and Spice Cookies

Easy iced sugar and spice cookies with pink buttercream frosting
First off, I want to say thank you to all of you who offered your congratulations on my last post, and your tips for stress relief on the post before that. When you take time out of your day to leave me a comment, it is so heartwarming. This blogging community is a pretty special one.

February is right around the corner, and with February comes Valentine’s Day. What’s your verdict on this Hallmark holiday? I used to be the Valentine’s Day grinch and thought the whole holiday was stupid, stupid, stupid. Even though there are singles events abound on V-day, it’s definitely a holiday geared towards couples and can be pretty exclusive for someone who might not fall into that category. I’ve spent many Valentine’s Days happily single, but unhappily feeling left out of the holiday itself.

I’m not going to give you the whole “Valentine’s Day is for every kind of love including friend love!” schpeel, but I will tell you that heart-shaped sprinkles come to life when they’re sprinkled on pink buttercream icing. So whatever your plans are, or aren’t, for the day, I hope they include some sugar. Because a Valentine’s Day baking session requires only one person, and that’s the most important person in your life: YOU.
Easy iced sugar and spice cookies with pink buttercream frostingEasy iced sugar and spice cookies with pink buttercream frosting
Easy iced sugar and spice cookies with pink buttercream frosting

The Recipe:

These Valentine’s Day sugar and spice cookies are adapted from one of the first recipes on this site. A classic recipe from Mom, they always turn out perfect. The sugar cookie is of the firm, crunchy variety, and the spices add some deep wintery tones. Use a knife or a small offset spatula to ice the cookies, and decorate them with the most fun sprinkles you can find. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Iced Sugar and Spice Cookies
Author: My Dish is Bomb
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Serves: 20-30 cookies
  • [i]Cookies[/i]
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • [i]Frosting[/i]
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 TB milk
  • 3 drops pink food colouring (optional)
  • sprinkles (optional)
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix on medium to combine.
  2. In a separate, smaller bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir (or mix on low) the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until blended. Flatten the dough into a disc and wrap with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. On a well-floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place them on the baking sheet. Gather together the leftover doll and continue rolling and cutting. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.
  4. To make the frosting, add the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, milk, and optional food colouring to a large mixing bowl. Mix on low, increasing to medium, until light and fluffy. Use a knife to spread the frosting on top of the cookies and top with optional sprinkles. Store in an airtight container.


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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

12 thoughts on “Iced Sugar and Spice Cookies”

  1. I used to hate valentine’s day too, and even now that I’m narried, the hubs and I haven’t ever really celebrated it. But i do love the day now… mostly for the pink, hearts, and sprinkles. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And the cookies!!! These are fabulous, Katy! Cupid would be all over these things… if I don’t beat him to it! Love the sugar and spice icing- so perfect!! I’m definately making these over the weekend! Pinned! Cheers, doll!

  2. These are so adorable! I actually have always loved valentine’s day, but I think it is more fun as an every kind of love holiday than a romantic one. There is just too much pressue to have the “perfect” valentine’s day and it is usually disappointing. Galentineโ€™s/Palentineโ€™s day though, I am all about it!

    1. Yes, totally. I’m all for cute valentines and baked goods but don’t really get the forced romance. You’re totally right!! Galentines/palentines is so much fun!

  3. The hubs and I aren’t too big on Valentine’s Day anymore but I do love all the pretty and adorable treat ๐Ÿ™‚ These cookies are so festive and perfect for V-Day! Love the frosting and sprinkles!

  4. In the 7 years me and my boyfriend were dating, we have only celebrated Valentine’s day once. And by celebrated, all we did was watch horror movies and eat candy all night. But I basically agree with everyone else in the food blogging community in that it is a great excuse to make some pink cookies ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Im with you Katy! Im not in a relationship so Im taking time out this year to self-induldge and I’m totally not feeling guilty about it! Im also loving these cookies – the sprinkles are super cute!

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