Homemade Sugar Cookies: DIY Wedding Favors

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I have made homemade sugar cookies with the recipe I’m giving to you about a half dozen times. Sometimes I don’t decorate them, and simply roll them in sugar. No matter how I make ‘em, they’re always delicious . And they would be superb wedding favors!

I decided to whip these up for Valentine’s Day. I am a novice cookie decorator, but I am still pleased with how these turned out!

Recipe for Homemade Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup butter (salted)

1/2 cup margarine

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda


Cream butter and margarine well. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually add to creamed mixture. (You might have to do the last mixing by hand. )

homemade sugar cookies

Form dough in a ball and place on parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment paper over the dough.

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Using a rolling pin to roll the dough approximately 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes.

heart shaped cookies

Place onto cookie sheet.

sugar cookie

Bake at 350 degrees for 16 or 17 mins.

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Let cool. Decorate cookies.

Sugar Cookie Icing (Adapted from this recipe.)

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 – 4 teaspoons milk

2 teaspoons light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

food coloring

Stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk in a small bowl until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until the icing is smooth and glossy. Add more corn syrup if the icing is too thick.

Divide into seperate bowls and add food coloring to each bowl.

Place icing into sandwich sized ziplock freezer bags. Snip one of the corner’s of the bag and add decorating tip.

Use a knife to coat the cookies with icing. After the cookies have been coated, use the piping bag to pipe design. Add sprinkles etc. if desired. Let dry.


homemade sugar cookies

I must say, these two cookies are my favorite of all. My two little girls decorated them.

valentines day cookies

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  1. Posted by Serenity on February 10th, 2010 at 1:58pm

    These look amazing, and what a great favor idea!
  2. Posted by Christina on February 11th, 2010 at 11:04am

    This comment by Lynn landed in the wrong spot:
    Those are such pretty cookies! I just tried to make iced sugar cookies the other day and had the hardest time trying to draw a straight line with the frosting! So, I can really appreciate the decorations on these cookies!
  3. Posted by wedding on February 23rd, 2010 at 1:59am

    wow,..These look so gorgeous!Such a great wedding favor idea!..I really love DIY favors,a good way of showing your utmost gratitude..
  4. Posted by beth on May 18th, 2010 at 1:22am

    Loving the idea! I'm thinking of doing the same thing as favors for the post-wedding parties I plan to throw this summer.

    How many does one batch serves (with that size)?

    And how long did it take for the first layer of icing to dry?
  5. Posted by Eli on August 3rd, 2010 at 9:21am

    Hello!! I want to make theese fab coocies for my wedding! but, as I am norwegian, I have a question about the recipe. It says 1 tps. vanilla. But what kind of vanilla? liquid or powder or what? Can you help?
  6. Posted by Christina on August 3rd, 2010 at 2:32pm

    Hi Eli.. It's liquid. Can't wait to see pics!
  7. Posted by cynthia on January 27th, 2011 at 2:52pm

    no refrigerating necessary or did i overlook? ~thx
  8. Posted by Christina on January 27th, 2011 at 3:40pm

    Cynthia, I didn't put the dough in the fridge prior to rolling it out for this tutorial. I have made this recipe numerous times since then, and I find that putting the dough in the fridge for a few minutes (not too long, or it gets too difficult to work with) does make it a bit easier to roll out.
  9. Posted by Jodi on May 23rd, 2011 at 9:25pm

    After the icing dries can it be put in a bag with out messing up the frosting? How long should I let them dry? Thank you!!!
  10. Posted by Christina on May 25th, 2011 at 12:47pm

    Yes, just let the icing harden first. Once it's hard it should be fine to put inside a bag.
  11. Posted by Merryn on October 2nd, 2012 at 6:04pm

    I would like to make this recipe but would need to do it 6 days ahead. How long will they stay fresh in the bag?

  12. Posted by Sara on December 9th, 2012 at 12:16am

    How much icing does it make?
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