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Small Batch Recipe: Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

Another small batch recipe was in order when my husband and I recently celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.  I wanted to make him some goodies, just not too many of them!

Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting
Yield:  1 dozen cookies

Cookie Ingredients:

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda

Frosting Ingredients:

3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 - 2 Tablespoons milk


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2.  In a medium bowl, cream together sugar and coconut oil.  Mix in yogurt and vanilla.

3.  In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda.  Add the dry ingredients to the medium bowl and mix well.

4.  Shape the dough into a ball, cover, and refrigerate for an hour or more.  This will make the dough easier to handle for rolling out.

5.  Once the dough is firm, place it on a floured surface and roll it out to 1/4" thick.  Using floured cookie cutters, cut out the cookies and place them a couple inches apart on a cookie sheet.

6.  Bake for 6 to 8 minutes.  Remove cookies from oven, and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for one minute.  Then, remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

7.  While cookies are cooling, prepare frosting:  cream butter on medium speed for a minute, then gradually add the powdered sugar and mix on low until combined.  Increase speed to medium, and add the vanilla and 1/2 Tablespoon milk.  If frosting is too thick, add more milk, 1/2 Tablespoon at a time, until it reaches desired consistency.

8.  Once cookies are cooled, frost and enjoy.


  1. Replies
    1. The yogurt is acidic, so when combined with the baking soda, it produces air bubbles, which allow the cookies to rise. The only possible substitute I can think of is sour cream, or possibly buttermilk.


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