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Back-to-School Alphabet Sugar Cookies Recipe

Our Back-to-School Alphabet Sugar Cookies are soft, chewy, and have just a hint of almond flavor. They never lose their shape when cooked and they're topped with a fluffy vanilla buttercream frosting - a great way to start your school year off on the right foot.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alphabet cookies, back to school treat, Easy Sugar Cookies, frosted cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 183kcal



  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2½-3 cups powdered sugar
  • food coloring


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add in egg and extracts.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour and baking soda. Gradually add in flour to the butter mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go. Be careful not to over mix.
  • Remove the dough and roll it into a ball, then roll it out on a floured surface to about 1/4" thick, then cut into desired shapes (we did letters for back to school).
  • Place cookies on a parchment lined (or using a baking mat) baking sheet. Freeze for 5 minutes (this will help them keep their shape).
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until bottoms start to turn slightly golden. Let sit for a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

Buttercream frosting:

  • In a stand mixer, whip butter for 3-4 minutes, scraping down the sides. Turn down the speed and add in vanilla extract and almond extract. Gradually add in powdered sugar (about 1/2 cup at a time) until it reaches your desired consistency. Add in food coloring (optional).
  • Pipe frosting onto cookies once they've cooled and serve.


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 322IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg