Dipped Sugar Cookies

Dipped Sugar Cookies

Can you *ever* go wrong with cookies? 😉

I think every season is cookie season 😉 Cookies are quick, easy, fun, easy to transport, and always a crowd-pleaser dessert!

Why this cookie recipe? 

These dipped sugar cookies are my favorite sugar cookies by far – I love the deeper flavors the brown sugar and cream cheese gives the cookie, and the cream cheese keeps they from getting dry. You can up the flour a bit if your chilling time is limited, so these are my go-to if I don’t have tons of time! 

"Can I change the cookie or icing flavors?"

Absolutely! I used vanilla flavoring for the cookies and icing in this recipe, but you can easily substitute lemon, orange, almond, or even peppermint extracts! (I love peppermint cookies around Christmas-time!) 

Another decorating option - these cookies taste *fantastic* dipped in chocolate! 

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Dipped Sugar Cookies

Does decorating sugar cookies take you tons of time? Dipping them in icing is SO much faster - and creates beautiful cookies!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Decorating time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 7 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dipped Sugar cookies, Easy to decorate Sugar cookies, Glazed Sugar Cookies, Simple Sugar Cookies
Servings: 24 cookies (varies)
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Sarah H


  • Cookie cutters
  • Rolling Pin


Sugar cookies

  • 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (or 1 ½ sticks, softened)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (3 ½ if your chilling time is limited, + a bit extra to roll out the dough)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Powdered Sugar Icing:


Sugar Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 425F℉. Mix in order given, beating cream cheese and butter together well before adding sugars. Mix in remaining ingredients in order given. (A stand mixer makes this easy!) Chill 1-2 hours before rolling if time allows; if not add an extra ½ cup of flour to your dough.
  • Roll out to about ¼ inch thick, and use extra flour when rolling to keep dough from sticking. I also recommend parchment paper or these silpat mats to keep your cookies from sticking to the baking sheets!
  • Bake 5-7 minutes, until lightly browned at the edges. Cool completely before decorating.

Powdered Sugar Icing

  • (When you’re ready to decorate, you have a lot of options! I prefer powdered sugar + water cookie icings. Not a royal icing fan - I get weirded out putting egg into icing I'm not going to cook. That said, I know many cookie decorators use Royal Icing – here's Alton Brown’s Royal Icing recipe if you'd rather use that!)
  • Combine powdered sugar, water, and vanilla in a small bowl and beat with a whisk until well-combined and no lumps of powdered sugar remain.


  • (Give the video a quick watch for reference; it's less than a minute long!) My favorite decorating method is to marble some food color into my icing and then dip my cookies! Dip into the icing holding as flat as possible, then hold up at an angle to allow excess frosting to run off. Place flat until icing has set and dried.
  • You can also transfer icing to a small piping bag and drizzle to decorate.
  • (If you'd rather pipe them with frosting, this is my favorite Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting.)
  • Enjoy! Will keep 2-3 days well-wrapped at room temperature, up to 7 well-wrapped in the fridge.



Note – recipe credit where it's due - the cookie base in this recipe is a slightly-modified hand-me-down recipe from my mom. :) 
(Please note nutrition information is an estimate and may not be exactly accurate.)


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g

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