Amanda’s Amazing Sugar Cookies Print Recipe Print Recipe

Note: this was posted before becoming a gluten-free blog. Contains gluten.

Amanda was right. Not only is this the best sugar cookie recipe ever, but once you make them, people will be begging for the recipe. Seriously, make ’em, you’ll see. Now let me introduce you to the incredibly creative and talented, Amanda from i am mommy. I’m sure you’ve seen images of her rainbow pancakes floating around the web – amazing right? Yep, that’s her! Maybe someday we’ll become real life friends (vs. blog friends) and she’ll teach me a thing or two in the kitchen… wishful thinking, probably.

I know I’ve said it several times, but I love the Holidays. I love to bake, watch Christmas movies, attend ugly sweater parties, drink champagne on week nights, connect with good friends, skype with family from afar, and lastly I love to give.

This year, I decided to send these cookies, which I packaged myself to a few people who’ve been incredibly generous and supportive of me and my new ventures as a “thank you”. If I could {afford}, I’d send one to all of you. Honestly, I would.

If you’re on a budget (who isn’t these days), I recommend homemade gifts. It can be personal, fun and most likely delicious. Here are the materials and ingredients you’ll need to package these *sparkly* sugar cookies, pictured above.

{Photographed by With Style and Grace}

Packaging items:

  • clear plastic box, I found mine here.
  • eco-friendly Aspen shredded wood
  • ribbon
  • sewing thread
  • and of course, cookies!

Fill the box with shredded wood, place the cookie in the center and close the box. Wrap the ribbon around the box, seal with double stick tape on the bottom of the box. Then wrap (continuously) colored thread around over the ribbon and place a sticker to secure it all again, at the bottom.

Amanda’s Amazing Sugar Cookies Recipe


  • 1-Β½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder


Beat together butter and sugar until well combined, approx. 2 minutes. Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks and mix until combined. Mix in vanilla and almond extract.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly and carefully add the flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until well combined, but be careful not to over-mix.

Wrap the dough in Saran wrap (or ziplock) and refrigerate for at least one hour. Once you’re ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees F. On a floured surface, roll out the dough, cut out cookies, and bake for 6-8 minutes. Let cool before icing them.

Amanda’s Awesome Icing Recipe


  • 1 cup confectioners sugar (a.k.a powder sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 drop fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup


In a medium bowl, combine powder sugar, corn syrup, and lemon juice.

**Use LESS milk if you…**

1. want thicker frosting

2. adding liquid food coloring

3. want more shine (& add more corn syrup)

Want flavored icing? Add in drops of vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon, etc. My husband asked for blueberry flavoring. hmmm, okay, maybe next time.

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  • Susan N.

    Made your Granola again last night. Would love to give as gifts but it does not last that long in our household. It is the best! Thanks Lisa for sharing your great recipes.

  • Amanda

    Oh my goodness… I think that is the best I have ever seen those cookies look!! You are so amazing!! LOVELOVELOVE!

  • Courtney @ Pizzazzerie

    Literally the best cookie I have EVER had! Will be making these ASAP! DELISH! Thank you thank you!

  • Christina

    What a beautiful presentation, perfect for a special gift! Thanks for the idea πŸ™‚

  • Kori Clark

    Now I have to make these!!! I love Amanda’s food and with these photos and packaging…..I NEED to make them…Right NOW! Too cute, thank you for sharing!

  • Maria

    These cookie packages are adorable! Love them!

  • Melanie Schoenhut

    Nice! It’s perfectly designed with all the sugar. These are very presentable. I like your chosen box for the lovely cookies. I love it. Nice recipe.

  • Paula {}

    Hi, Just found you via Pen n Paperflowers. Love your blog! πŸ™‚ In the sugar recipe, I think you meant to say, “Let cool before icing them,” in the directions. You wrote, “Let cook…” πŸ˜‰ Hope you’ll visit my blog as well!

  • justwondering

    do you preheat the oven for an hour while they are chilling in the fridge?

  • WithStyleGrace

    oops, no you don’t πŸ™‚