Cookies/ Desserts/ Frostings and Icings

Perfectly Soft Sugar Cut-Out Cookies with Cinnamon Icing

Are you ready for an easy sugar cookie cut-out recipe, with minimal chilling time, that is soft in texture when baked, yet holds it shape?  Then todays recipe is for you!  This sugar cookie recipe is the last sugar cookie recipe you need.  SERIOUSLY.  And it’s perfect because you can use it all year round!  Have fun with the thousands of different cookie cutters you can buy and all the holiday sprinkles out there!!

Truth be told, this recipe has been hanging out in the draft section of my blog dashboard for a year now.  These sugar cookies are amazing, but the first time I made them, I wasn’t too thrilled with my cookie decorating skills, so I had no pictures worth adding to this blog post (there are photos, but they ended up in THIS post instead).  And what’s a food blog without pictures of yummy food, right?!

So fast forward to Valentine’s Day (which is quickly approaching) and the idea to make some cute heart shaped sugar cookies!  With a cinnamon icing!!  The credit for the cinnamon icing idea goes all to my friend Angie, because she was telling me about her most favorite cookies in the world, which are sugar cookies with a cinnamon icing.  And then Angie suggested I try to replicate that.  Challenge accepted!

You can skip the cinnamon in the icing recipe and just make vanilla icing too (just add two teaspoons vanilla extract).  But since it’s Valentine’s Day, I went with heart shaped sugar cookies with red cinnamon icing.  I definitely think you should make these for someone special in your life!

Hate rolling out cookie dough?  Yeah me too.  So make life easier on yourself and once you make the cookie dough, flatten the dough out into a disk before popping into the fridge to chill.

Use whatever cookie cutters you want for your cookies…I went with a medium sized heart cookie cutter.  Roll your dough out by placing another piece of parchment paper on top and rolling the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness.  If the dough starts to stick to the parchment as it comes to room temperature, just sprinkle powdered sugar on the bottom of the parchment paper.

Perfectly Soft Sugar Cut Out Cookies with Cinnamon Icing

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Serves: 20 Cooking Time: 8-11 minutes


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons imitation vanilla extract (clear extract)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I used Rodelle)
  • 4-6 drops cinnamon oil
  • food coloring and/or sprinkles to decorate



SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH: In the bowl of an electric mixer, affixed with the paddle attachment, add the butter and beat on medium-high speed until pale and glossy. Add the sugar to the butter and mix on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the egg to the mixture. Mix until incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and almond extract to the mixture, and mix until incorporated.


Change the mixer speed to low and slowly add the nutmeg, flour, baking powder and salt to the wet ingredients. Mix on medium-low until just combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber scraper to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.


Dump the cookie dough onto a piece of parchment paper and flatten out into a disk (approximately 1/4-inch thickness), and chill in the refrigerator for one hour. If leaving the cookie dough in the fridge for longer than a couple hours, then wrap with plastic wrap.


Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350-degrees and line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside. Use desired cookie cutters to cut out your cookies. Re-roll leftover dough out and continue to cut out cookies until all dough is used.


Bake cookies, one cookie sheet at a time, in 350-degree oven for 8-11 minutes. Bake time will depend on the size of your cookies, but cookies are done when the cookies are very lightly colored on top and around the edges. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for 5-minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.


CINNAMON ICING: In a small mixing bowl, combine sugar, milk, corn syrup, cinnamon and cinnamon oil. Use a fork to stir the mixture together. Add additional milk if needed to thin out the consistency. Likewise, you can add additional powdered sugar to stiffen up the mixture if it is too loose for your needs. Add food coloring if desired. Use a spoon or knife to ice the cooled cookies. Let cookies set. Icing will harden up.


To make the icing vanilla flavored, do not add the ground cinnamon or cinnamon oil and add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract instead. Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container.

Let your cookies cool completely before icing them.  I let my cookies cool overnight.

Now I still don’t claim to be a master sugar cookie decorator…I’m pretty sure there are 5-year olds out there who can do better than me hehehehe.  But that’s where the addition of sprinkles can hide ANY imperfection 😉

I soooooo envy the bakers who make those amazing decorated sugar cookies.  I think my patience level just doesn’t go that far.  I actually just dunked the tops of these cookies in the bowl of icing.  Truth.

So tell me….do you have the patience to make intricate decorated cookies??  Make these cookies for Valentine’s Day, and have the kids help decorate!  If you make them, post a picture on Instagram and tag me @kellylynnssweets so I can see 🙂




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  • Reply
    Maria Doss
    February 10, 2018 at 6:43 PM

    These cookies are just too perfect and that glossy icing looks so professional Kelly. Such an amazing Valentines day recipe:)

    • Reply
      February 11, 2018 at 8:20 AM

      Thank you Maria!! Not as pretty as the cookies on Pinterest, but as long as they taste good, that’s all that matters right?! Hehehe. Have a great weekend girl! XOXO

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    Katherine | Love In My Oven
    February 10, 2018 at 7:06 PM

    I also have limited patience when it comes to decorating cookies, haha but these do NOT look like a 5 year old did them 😉 They look great!!

    • Reply
      February 11, 2018 at 8:21 AM

      Awwww thanks Katherine!! You are TOO kind hehehe. Have a great weekend my friend! XOXO

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    February 10, 2018 at 7:23 PM

    YESSSSS i love icing like that–it looks so cool!

    • Reply
      February 11, 2018 at 8:21 AM

      Thank you Laura!! I love that the icing dries hard too!

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    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    February 11, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    My cookie decorating skills also leave much to be desired; I think it’s a patience thing for me too :). But these are so pretty with their bright red icing! And I love the cinnamon flavor in there. They sound perfect with a cup of tea!

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      February 14, 2018 at 6:02 AM

      Thank you Kelsie!! This is definitely the extent of my cookie decorating skills hahaha. But it’s really all about the taste, right?! XOXO 🙂

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    Angie Bach
    February 11, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Girl, you have absolutely nailed these cookies!!! My favorite childhood cookies finally realized, from the soft, perfectly sweet goodness of the cookie itself to the smooth, hard cinnamon-y glaze. The textures and flavors are spot-on! These cookies are PERFECT for Valentine’s Day; but I’m thinking who couldn’t use some cinnamon cookie love ANY day? ❤

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      February 14, 2018 at 9:04 PM

      Thank you Angie!! I am so happy I was able to nail these cookies for you! Totally perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day!!! XOXO 🙂

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    February 12, 2018 at 4:42 AM

    Delicious!!! Loved the idea of cinnamon icing in it. 🙂

    • Reply
      February 14, 2018 at 9:05 PM

      Thank you Puja! The cinnamon icing definitely added a unique twist to a classic sugar cookie! XOXO 🙂

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    February 12, 2018 at 8:52 AM

    I love cinnamon and am so excited about these cookies. They are so pretty and bright. I can’t wait to make them. Thank you for taking them out of “drafts” and sharing them. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Reply
      February 14, 2018 at 9:08 PM

      Thanks Amy! I am ashamed to say that I actually have over 30 recipes in my draft section ready to be published. I want to share them all…but don’t want to inundate everyone with too many recipes at once hahaha. But I am slowly starting to get those recipes published! These cookies are too good not to share with everyone so I was happy to finally be excited about the pictures and hit that publish button! XOXO

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    February 12, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Now if I could make mine as pretty as yours

    • Reply
      February 14, 2018 at 9:08 PM

      Thank you! You are too kind! My cookie decorating skills definitely need some work 😉 Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Reply
    February 12, 2018 at 11:54 PM

    Hi Kelly! These look and sound delicious… cinnamon icing, yum! I love the glossy red icing, these were photos worth waiting for, they look fab!

    • Reply
      February 14, 2018 at 9:09 PM

      Thank you darling! I was super excited to share this recipe and I really liked the bright red color too! Have an awesome rest of the week 🙂 XOXO

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    February 13, 2018 at 4:18 AM

    Those cookies look so pretty with that red cinnamon icing! Perfect for V-day!

    • Reply
      February 14, 2018 at 9:10 PM

      Thank you Deepika! I hope you had a fabulous Valentine’s Day! XOXO

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    Greedyeats -Neha
    February 13, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    The cookies are so beautiful in red. The perfect tinge of red I should say! I never heard about cinnamon oil before. Thanks for this new info. 🙂

    • Reply
      February 14, 2018 at 9:13 PM

      Thank you Neha! The cinnamon oil is the same super concentrate that you would use in candy making. Definitely gives the icing that cinnamon candy flavor. Yum!! XOXO

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    Cori - Sweet Coralice
    February 14, 2018 at 7:22 PM

    Mmmm yes! I love cinnamon candies and this looks like a perfect little treat!! 😃💕

    • Reply
      February 14, 2018 at 9:16 PM

      Thank you Cori! The icing totally has a cinnamon candy taste to it! Happy Valentine’s Day! XOXO 🙂

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    Agness of Run Agness Run
    February 15, 2018 at 3:04 AM

    These cookies look so palatable and appetizing, Kelly! That red color is mouth-watering. I will definitely try them soon.

    • Reply
      February 15, 2018 at 9:37 PM

      Thank you Agness! If you do, let me know what you think! Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day girl!! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    February 17, 2018 at 5:52 AM

    Cinnamon icing sounds really good – think I’d end up eating all the cookies! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

    • Reply
      February 19, 2018 at 6:33 AM

      Thanks Helen!! Exactly why I had to immediately give all these cookies away hehehe 😉

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