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3 decorated Dalek sugar cookies on a light green plate.
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Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe for Decorating

This post has all the basics for sugar cookie decorating - a fantastic sugar cookie recipe, a great frosting recipe, a tutorial, and ... Daleks!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 22 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 55 Daleks
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Marie Porter


Baking Sheets
Frosting Bags
Cake Decorating Set (Optional)



  • 1 ½ cups Butter softened
  • 2 ¼ cups Granulated sugar
  • 4 Large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 5+ cups All-purpose flour

Royal Icing

  • 4 Large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 4-6 cups powdered/confectioner’s sugar


  • In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.
  • Add in eggs and egg whites, a little at a time, beating well between each addition. Add vanilla extract, and mix until well incorporated and smooth.
  • Mix remaining 3 ingredients together, carefully mix into wet ingredients until fully incorporated.
  • Wrap dough in plastic film, chill for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, line cookie sheets with parchment paper
  • On a floured counter, roll cookie dough out to about ¼″ thick (can be slightly thicker).
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out whatever shapes you’d like, place cookies 2″ apart on greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until bottoms look lightly golden.
  • Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheets for at least 5 minutes before moving. Cookies need to cool completely before decorating.

Royal Icing

  • In clean stand mixer, whip egg whites until foamy.
  • Add lemon juice, whip for another minute.
  • Slowly add powdered sugar until cookie icing reaches desired consistency. You will want a fairly thick frosting – but still smooth and workable – for piping details and borders.*


A good way to figure out if your frosting is the right consistency is to pull a spoon through the middle of the frosting bowl.
– If the frosting settles out in less than 5 seconds, it’s too runny. Add a little more powdered sugar.
– If the frosting settles out in 5-10 seconds, you’re good to go!
– If the frosting takes longer than 10 seconds to settle, it’s too thick. Add a little water or lemon juice and try again.


Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 172IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg