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Frosted sugar cookies with piped smiley faces

Smiley Face Cookies – Frosted Sugar Cookies

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Frosted sugar cookies piped with colorful frosting smiley faces. Perfect for kids’ birthday parties, school birthday treats, and any occasion. A fun celebration alternative to cake or cupcakes.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 to 48 cookies 1x


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Sugar Cookies

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 5 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 67 tablespoons cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (clear if possible)
  • Food coloring


  1. Begin by creaming together sugar, butter, egg, and milk. Add dry ingredients including flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix to form dough.
  2. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Cut cookies with a 4-inch cookie cutter. Place on baking sheet covered with parchment.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. It’s important that you don’t overcook or the cookies will not be soft.
  5. Allow the cookies to cool.
  6. For the frosting, mix together softened butter and shortening.
  7. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Mix well.
  8. Mix in cream and vanilla. Add additional cream to achieve desired consistency.
  9. Frost all cookies using white icing.
  10. Then separate the remaining icing into 3 different bowls. Add food coloring to reach desired brightness. 
  11. Add to a piping bag (we used a 3 tip coupler) with a decorating tip. (see tips for filling piping bag here)
  12. Apply eyes and mouth on each cookie.
  13. Enjoy right away or store in an airtight plastic container to keep them soft.


  • Do not overbake these cookies to make sure you have soft cookies!
  • Store these cookies in an airtight plastic container to keep them soft.
  • Author: Kelsey Restemayer
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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