vanilla frosted sugar cookies

true story…

i made you a king cake…

and then i overbaked it until it was toast.

i know… i’m sad. i was trying to be really on top of having a festive mardi gras treat for y’all today and it was toast.

another true story.

i’m making up for it with cookies.

shocking no?

but for real. these cookies. y’all these cookies.

there aren’t the words for these cookies. seriously… i’m rendered speechless.

we all know that i like good vanilla so needless to say i’ve been pining for shauna sever‘s newest cookbook pure vanilla and i finally gave in a bought it for myself for my birthday. can i just say HOW.FREAKING.EXCITED. i am about this cookbook. so when it came in i sat in myself down… ok i lie… it was delivered to my office so it was my lunchtime reading….. i knew i needed to make something out of it ASAP and these cookies jumped off the page at me.

these are super soft cookies slathered with a super vanillaly buttercream. shauna created them to rival the ones that you find in the grocery store with the bright and seasonal frosting. to say she nailed it is a complete and utter understatement. these are soft like those cookies but have a punch of vanilla.

and hey if you really wanted… you could add some food coloring to the buttercream and throw some sprinkles on there.

vanilla frosted sugar cookies

vanilla frosted cookies

  • 3-1/2 c cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 c sugar
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 2 tbs light corn syrup
  1. sift together the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl; set aside. in a small bowl, whisk together oil, eggs and corn syrup until well blended; set aside.
  2. beat together the butter and vanilla extract until creamy. add the sugar and salt; beat until light and fluffy. reduce mixer speed and beat in egg mixture into the butter/sugar mixture until smooth and fluffy. reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add in the dry ingredients until just combined. cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  3. preheat oven to 325F. line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. using your cookie scoop, scoop out dough about 2 in apart. bake until just brown around the edges 12-15 min, be careful not to overbake. let cookies cool 10 min on the baking sheet before transferring to a cookie rack to cool completely. once cooled competely, frost with a generous amount of vanilla buttercream.

vanilla buttercream

  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 4 c powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs vanilla paste
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. place all the ingredients in the mixer bowl and begin beating on low gradually increasing mixer speed. beat until the buttercream is smooth and creamy.

seriously. you need to make these cookies today and eat them all before you decide to give up sweets for lent tomorrow.

happy mardi gras y’all!!


recipe from: pure vanilla by shauna sever 

this post is linked up to these link parties! what’s cooking wednesday


4 thoughts on “vanilla frosted sugar cookies

  1. I am a total sucker for those soft grocery store cookies, and even though I’ve tried recipes that claim to taste the same, they all lie. YES THEY TASTE OF LIES. I’m excited about this recipe, though, because it sounds fantastic! Totally bookmarking it to give it a go later.

    Who needs king cake, anyhow?

    • Those little techno colored cookies at the grocery store are like a beacon to me… or were. These are a million times better!!

      And a dozen times better than king cake.

      I hope you love them too!!

  2. Yum! I always want to eat those cookies from the store, but I think they taste like chemicals! The homemade version is so much better!

    Thanks for linking up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

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