Favorite Sugar Cookie Icing and Cut Out Cookie Recipe

Sugar Cookie Icing and Cut Out Cookie Recipe

Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner and I’m making lamb cookies?!? Yes, there is a method to my madness… Today I offer you my absolute favorite Sugar Cookie Icing and Cut Out Cookie Recipe for your holiday baking endeavors, and a story I’d like to call “On the Lam(b).”

A dear friend is expecting her first baby. Over the last few months a circle of girls arranged an elegant shower for her. We went with a lamb theme to coordinate with her crib bedding and proceeded to make lamb everything! It goes without saying that I would make lamb cookies.

Lamb Cookies

A member of the “shower committee” had an eccentric, yet inspired, idea. What if we had a live lamb in a crisp white pin at the entrance of the shower; wouldn’t that give the shower that extra spark? We were, after all, going for an unforgettable experience

Well, we hit “unforgettable” on the mark!

The day of the shower, the tables were set, the clean white tent was up, the decorations were hung, food was prepared, but our lamb had not yet arrived. The guests were pulling up and still we had no lamb.

Then finally, a pick-up truck arrived towing a fluffy white lamb. As our “wow-factor” was being unloaded a crowd started to form around the truck. The sweet little lamb gently gazed at the on-lookers, meekly waiting to be carried to his pin. We opened the crate to lift him out of the truck…

Suddenly, that lamb turned into a white blur and flew out of that truck at high speeds!

The lamb was on the run. Children were in hot pursuit. Ladies in heels were sprinting into the pasture to corral the lamb …but lambs are fast. Really. Fast.

Through the course of the afternoon, several people almost caught that lamb. Yet the lamb always wriggled free and was off in a white flash. At the end of the shower we called for backup. Husbands came and took the table clothes off the tables to use as a shield to coral the lamb… with no luck.

Finally, hours later, we had to call the owner to bring a herding dog to catch the lamb.

Moral:  Never invite livestock to a baby shower.

That being said, it was a beautiful, and most definitely memorable, experience.

Sugar Cookie Icing

My Cut Out Cookie Recipe and Favorite Sugar Cookie Icing were a big hit. And just look at the rolling landscape and the decorations.

Lamb Shower

After helping a crafty friend make paper fan mobiles, we decided to call for backup on the rest of the decorations. We asked Heather Preckel from Blissfully Sweet Designs to make us these precious and ever so intricate party banners. Heather is a master scrapbooker and Etsy store owner who makes the most beautiful party decorations you’ve ever seen. Not only that, she’s famous in her field. Heather’s designs have been published numerous times and  she is a regular speaker at craft conferences. Thank you Heather, you are a genius! (Make sure to take a look at her store.)

For the cookies, I used my most beloved cut out cookie recipe and sugar cookie icing, because it’s a sad truth that most “pretty” cookies don’t taste good. …and I hate that! This recipe makes a delicate tender cookie with a mild spice flavor that can still hold up to being rolled and cut. The icing is silky and dries with a satin sheen. It can be flavored and colored to use for any occasion, like your Halloween Party and Christmas Cookie Exchange!

Cut Out Cookie Recipe


Two words, COLD DOUGH. In order to produce cut out cookie with the perfect shape and texture EVERY TIME, the dough MUST be cold. Wrap your dough into several small disks, so you can take one out of the fridge at a time for rolling.

To make the bumpy “woolen” texture on the top of the lamb cookies, I cut the cookie, then sprinkled a handful of Rice Krispies on top. I gently pressed to cereal into the cookie, then removed the cutter, and placed it on a baking sheet.

Sheep Cookies


Yield: 36 large or 72 small cookies

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cook Time: 6-9 minutes

Sugar Cookie Icing and Cut Out Cookie Recipe


For the Cut Out Cookies:
3 sticks softened butter (1 ½ cups)
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 eggs + 1 extra yolk
1 vanilla bean, opened and seeds scraped out
3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

For the Sugar Cookie Icing:
2/3 cup half-n-half
1 tsp. extract of choice
4 cups powdered sugar


Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy—5 minutes. Add the salt, pumpkin pie spice, eggs and vanilla bean seeds. Beat to combine.

Slowly add the flour until the dough in smooth. Then separate the dough and wrap it in 4 separate pieces. Place in the fridge and chill for at least one hour. (Could be made weeks in advance.)

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Remove one disk at a time. Flour a work surface and roll the disk out to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Work fast and cut the cookies as close together as possible. The more times you roll out the dough the tougher it gets. Use a thin spatula to transfer the cookies onto the baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake for 6-9 minutes.

Cool completely on the cookie sheets before moving.

For the Sugar Cookie Icing: Whisk the half-n-half, extract and powdered sugar together until smooth. Add food coloring if desired.

Dip and face of each cookie into the icing, then set on a rack to dry.

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63 Responses to “Favorite Sugar Cookie Icing and Cut Out Cookie Recipe”

  1. #
    Jessica @ How Sweet — October 24, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    i cannot get over how CUTE those cookies are! i really love the recipe too, must try.


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    Wow, what an amazing shower. I loved that the lamb eluded you all for that long. Let’s hear it for working dogs! Now we know how they earn their keep. You sure no one caught the chase on film? As for the cookies; they’re gorgeous. Thanks for sharing both your icing recipe as well as the rice krispies trick. That’s pure genius.


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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — October 24, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    these are adorable!


  4. #
    JulieD — October 24, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    Absolutely adorable, Sommer! I love the escape artist lamb at the baby shower. :)


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    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — October 24, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    Those are the most darling cookies and what a funny story with the lamb running free. Everyone will remember that baby shower for sure.


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    Marly — October 24, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    Love these cookies – adorable!


  7. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — October 24, 2011 @ 7:29 am

    What an adorable shower and definitely MEMORABLE : )


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    Nana — October 24, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    I love your escaping lamb story. And you are a genious…..thinking up a way to make the wool with RiceKrispies. I can imagine that it offered a nice crunch surprise with every bite. I must try it soon.


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    Cookin' Canuck — October 24, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    These cookies are absolutely adorable and the idea to use rice krispies for the wool is inspired! Love the story about the runaway lamb. It sounds like it had no intention of being anyone’s “wow” factor. Too funny.


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    Lauren — October 24, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    Haha! “Never invite livestock to a baby shower” So funny! These are so stinkin’ cute! It makes me want to host a baby shower!


  11. #
    Bev Weidner — October 24, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Look at that! I might invite that little lamb over to my house today. You know, just for fun.




  12. #
    naomi — October 24, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    BRILLIANT! I love the addition of the rice cereal for the 3D effect. This are so darn cute!!!


  13. #
    Liz — October 24, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    Your cookies are just adorable!!! And so glad that they don’t taste like cardboard! Such a cute shower…and one she’ll never forget with the lamb on the lam :)


  14. #
    vianney — October 24, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    These are the cutest lamb cookies ever!! I love the shower theme, great tip with the cereal!!


  15. #
    Lnda — October 24, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    These are absolutely adorable!! I’ve got to find this lamb cut out for my Easter cookies!!


  16. #
    carolinaheartstrings — October 24, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    Those are the cutest cookies. What a great post. The shower looked like it was just wonderful.


  17. #
    Terese — October 24, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    Those lamb cookies are AWESOME! I enjoyed mine while the real one ran around. :-)


  18. #
    Bonnie K — October 24, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    Looked like a fun baby shower. Chasing lamb story is a great read. The cookies are lovely. I’m saving the recipe for when my daughter’s time comes.


  19. #
    Joy — October 24, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    The looks are adorable.


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    SweetSugarBelle — October 24, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    YOu have NO IDEA how much I love this!!! I am a little bit biased of course, but the textures, OM goodness!!! And still laughing about the “never invite livestock to a baby shower” YOuu can always say you planned it as a shower game, LOL!


  21. #
    jaclyn — October 24, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    totally cute lambs, totally cute shower, totally cute story.

    can i be super lame and use a pun? okay, i will.

    this post is lambtastic. ha!


  22. #
    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — October 24, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    These are too cute and I love the texture the rice cereal gave the cookies. Genius! I can’t get over the lamb escaping! I can just imagine how much fun that was. ;)


  23. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — October 24, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    OMG those cookies are adorable. I will heed the warning on livestock at a party! Ahhh…memories :) Looks like it was a wonderful baby shower.


  24. #
    Janet Rudolph — October 24, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    These are so adorable. What a wonderful post!


  25. #
    Monet — October 24, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    What a fabulous blog post! I laughed (great story) and I marveled (I’m loving that rice crispy technique!) Thank you for sharing with me (as always, I’m leaving your blog with a smile!) I hope you are doing well. Love and blessings form Austin!


  26. #
    Leah Corsivo — October 24, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    I follow Kitchen aid on FB


  27. #
    Eileen — October 24, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

    Awww – such cute, sweet cookies!


  28. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — October 24, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    How funny are those pictures of everyone chasing after that lamb?! Love it! And I love these cookies even more, they are so cute and look perfect for a baby shower!


  29. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — October 24, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    Those are the most precious cookies. I love the little lamb theme.


  30. #
    Hinna — October 24, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    Lamb on the loose!! It looks like the shower was a success!!


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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert — October 24, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    Wow! I love these. I have been shopping for a baby or rattle cookie cutter to make cookies for my daughters baby shower. The rice krispie addition is fantastic! Another great recipe and oh so funny post!


  32. #
    Jeanette — October 24, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    What a funny story although it might not have been so funny when it first happened. Love the texture on your cookies from the rice krispies.


  33. #
    Eliot — October 24, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    Beautiful cookies and what an adventure with that little lamb.
    I adore cut out cookies but I cannot make them for the life of me.


  34. #
    Jessica | Oh Cake — October 24, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    Outstanding looking event! Fantastic cookies!


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — October 24, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    Unforgettable is right! LOL That must have been one heck of a day!


  36. #
    Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) — October 25, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    By far, the cutest post I’ve seen all day. Adorable!


  37. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — October 25, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    These are so cute!! Great idea on the rice crispies :)


  38. #
    Webber — October 25, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    Wow, what an amazing shower. I loved that the lamb eluded you all for that long. Let’s hear it for working dogs! Now we know how they earn their keep. You sure no one caught the chase on film? As for the cookies; they’re gorgeous. Thanks for sharing both your icing recipe as well as the rice krispies trick. That’s pure genius.


  39. #
    torviewtoronto — October 25, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

    delicious looking cookie looks wonderful


  40. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — October 25, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

    That’s hilarious! And the rice krispies trick is just plain genius! So cute…


  41. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — October 25, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    Oh my goodness! I loved this post… from the cookies to the adorable little lamb. This brought a huge grin to my face!


  42. #
    Sharon Anne — October 25, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    I just stumbled upon your wonderful post. The lamb story made gave the post 5 “bonus” stars to your already 5-star recipe (darling cookies, beautiful photos). I realize how difficult the lamb made the day, but your story certainly made mine.

    Thanks for posting! I’ll surely be back.

    Sharon Anne


  43. #
    Kristen — October 26, 2011 @ 5:02 am

    What adorable cookies. It sounds like the shower was truly unforgettable…not just for the wonderful food. Glad you could call the farmer to get the lamb.


  44. #
    Angie's Recipes — October 26, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    How cute those look!


  45. #
    marla — October 26, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    Such a beautiful shower and these lamb cookies are precious!


  46. #
    5 Star Foodie — October 26, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Oh, those lamb cookies are just adorable!


  47. #
    Twin Tables — October 26, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

    Seriously, this might be the cutest sugar cookie I have ever seen. And the cereal didn’t burn??? So amazingly cute!


  48. #
    Maria — October 26, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    Hahaha~ That’s so funny and so cute at the same time!


  49. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — October 27, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    These are some cute little lambs. Best part? So easy! Thanks for sharing :)


  50. #
    Georgia Pellegrini — October 27, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    Those cookies are absolutely adorable, and the Rice Krispies are a great idea!


  51. #
    Dmarie — October 30, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    what a hoot! you sure do showers to the hilt! love the cute little lamb cookies…will def remember these recipes when it’s time to do Christmas cookies with the grandgirls!


  52. #
    Skye — October 31, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    My mother in law caught a live chicken in the grocery store parking lot last week, and I thought THAT was an adventure. Y’all win.


  53. #
    Pauline — November 3, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    Love the cookies and the lamb certainly made me smile. Where I live in the UK we have free roaming sheep so nothing surprises me there as they always go where you don’t want them too :-)


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    Terry Arnold — November 29, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    Can these be made the day before? And, if so, should they be stored in the refrigerator because of the half and half?


    • Sommer — November 29th, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

      Hi Terry, I make them ahead and will leave them out on the counter a few days. But I’m not a health inspector. ;) We’ve never had an issue.


  55. #
    Tia — September 23, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    These cookies are so adorable and I love anything pumpkin flavored. I got really excited to try them out but I can’t find a whole vanilla bean anywhere around me, do you know how much extract I could use instead? Thanks!


  56. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — March 1, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    Sommer, these are the cutest and most innovative (for decorating) decorated sugar cookies I have ever seen for spring and the Easter holiday! So very sweet…just like the story in this post! Pinning… xo


  57. #
    Kristen — March 23, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    I am laughing hard at that story! Too funny and such cute cookies :)


  58. #
    Laura Perry — March 23, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    Those are adorable, and what a creative technique! I can’t wait to make these! Thanks for sharing. :)


  59. #
    Diana — May 3, 2014 @ 5:22 am

    Can you tell me where I can find the lamb cookie cutter that you used? Thanks.


    • Sommer — May 3rd, 2014 @ 5:47 am

      Hi Diana, I think I ordered it on Amazon a long time ago.


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    orgasm phase — August 8, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

    Wow, amazing blog structure! How lengthy have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The total glance of your site is fantastic, as well
    as the content!



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