5 from 1 vote

Decorated Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

Adapted from bakingdom.com
Makes 3 dozen 3” cookies
Author Wendy Sondov themondaybox.com


  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons milk add more as needed to achieve desired consistency
  • 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • food coloring


  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla. Beat until fluffy (about 3 minutes).
  4. Add in the flour mixture, a little at a time, and beat until combined.
  5. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Roll out the dough on a floured surface or between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/8”-1/4” thickness. Cut into shapes.
  8. Place cut-out cookies on prepared cookie sheet 2” apart.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges are golden brown.
  10. Cool completely on wire racks before decorating.
  11. Cookies can be wrapped and frozen to be iced at a later time. Be sure to defrost completely before icing.
  13. Combine sugar and milk until smooth.
  14. Add corn syrup and vanilla. Continue beating together until smooth and glossy. Add additional milk in tablespoon increments until desired consistency.
  15. Divide into small bowls. Add food coloring and mix.
  16. Spoon icing into piping bags or small plastic bag with bottom corner cut to form tiny piping opening.

Packing Tips

Wrap pairs of cookies back to back in plastic wrap. Then place inside a large, freezer weight zip lock bag or air tight container. For shipping, make sure the cookies fit snuggly in their container with no wiggle room. These cookies will remain fresh wrapped and stored at room temperature for 2-3 weeks.