Custom Birthday Cookies are a sweet way to celebrate any special occasion. Cut-out sugar cookie dough bakes up thick, buttery sugar cookies that are frosted and decorated with sweet royal icing. Perfect as a grab-and-go treat or party favor at birthday parties.   

Whether you need a batch of cookies for holiday gifting or birthday celebrations, these sugar cookies with royal icing are perfect for customizing. They can even be made a few days ahead of time.

The dough comes together in one bowl and is refrigerated for 30 minutes before rolling and cutting. We roll them out with a GoodCook Classic Wooden Rolling Pin and grab our favorite cookie cutters. They bake up perfectly on a Sweet Creations Textured Nonstick Large Cookie Sheet lined with Sweet Creations Natural Parchment paper. The cookies can be made several days ahead of time and stored in an airtight container before frosting.

Creating the Perfect Celebration Cookies

Royal Icing 

Combine the meringue powder, powdered sugar, water in a stand-up mixer with a whisk attachment. Beat for 7-10 minutes on low to medium speed. The icing should have stiff peaks.

Divide the icing into several GoodCook Touch 3-Piece Mixing Bowls and color it with gel food coloring. Depending on what the icing will be used for (edging, flooding or decorating), add water in small increments to make it runnier if necessary. For icing that won’t be used right away, tightly seal the top of the bowl with plastic wrap.

For edging: you’ll need a small amount of icing to line the top outer edge of the cookie. This icing should be a fairly thick consistency (like that of Greek yogurt). It holds the flood icing from seeping off the top of the cookie. Put the icing in an OodleTip Decorating Bag and snip a very small opening in the tip. Pipe a line of icing outlining the top of the cookie.

For Flooding: the flood icing fills the top of the cookie and is contained by the edge icing. This icing is a little runnier than the edge icing. Add water in very small increments to make the icing runnier. Pipe it on with an OodleTip Decorating Bag. The tip can be snipped wider than the tip for the edge icing since you aren’t working in fine detail.

Now that you’ve got the base layer of icing on the cookies, they need to dry for at least 1-2 hours before decorating. Set the cookies out in a single layer on Sweet Creations Parchment-lined baking sheets for 1-2 hours or overnight to dry.

For Decorating: the decorating icing is not as runny as the flood icing, so don’t add as much water. If the icing is too runny, add more powdered sugar to thicken it up. Scoop the reserved royal icing in OodleTip Decorating Bags with very small openings snipped off each tip. We use fine detail for decorating, so a small tip opening is best. Get piping! If you need inspiration, there are endless ideas on the internet.   

Get the Tools

With the GoodCook line of bakeware, these decorated cookies will be the star of the party. Grab a GoodCook Touch 5 Qt Mixing Bowl and GoodCook Mixing Spoon to get started on the dough. These cookies bakes up perfectly on a Sweet Creations Textured Nonstick Large Cookie Sheet, and we love OodleTip Decorating Bags for making stunning designs with no mess and no fuss. Are you ready to decorate a batch of beautiful cookies?   

Make & Share

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Birthday Sugar Cookies

Yields 24 cookies     adjust servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 350. Beat together egg, butter, and sugar until combined. Mix in flour and vanilla until combined, and a dough forms. Take about a quarter of the dough and roll out to 1/2” between two sheets of parchment paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut dough into desired shapes, and transfer to a parchment-lined Sweet Creations Textured Nonstick Large Cookie Sheet. Bake for 8-11 minutes.

Recipe Notes

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