Strawberry Sugar Cookies

These strawberry sugar cookies are delicious with or without a cup of milk (or coffee or tea).

looking to do some holiday baking?! here’s a recipe for strawberry sugar cookies, dusted with crunchy, tangy strawberry sugar.

there are some times when you want an aesthetic cookie – i’ve been oohing and ahhing over constellation inspiration‘s cookie advent calendar of recent, and cloudy kitchen‘s cookie boxes have been on my radar for years. i don’t have the patience or motivation for these right now, but someday!! i will be that retired lady who bakes cookies for everyone, thank you very much.

my friend and i tried our hands at the mild version of this recently, with these black-and-white-and-green cookies. and they were disappointing. we are both major bon appetit fans (we’ve derived major entertainment and amusement from claire’s mentos video), and zeroed in on what we thought was a matcha chocolate cookies. spoiler: it is not. that should have been our first indicator, especially since we’re both peppermint > fresh mint in baked goods people. the glaze was more hot cocoa than chocolate, so the flavor was not what we expected, not to say anything about how messy and flat our cookies came out in comparison to our aspirations.

so when i’ve spent 4 hours on cookies that weren’t bad but weren’t great, all i want is a nap and something briny to dislodge the sweetness. and then i want some reliable cookies. enter stage left: these strawberry sugar cookies.

the majority of the sugar cookies of my life have been the overly floured kind that roll out nicely and can get punched into ninjas/trees/hearts/gingerbread people. these, courtesy of the oil and powdered sugar in the dough, are a lot more delicate and crumble upon impact. they’re the disruptors of the sugar cookie field (i was in a brand marketing workshop last week, and being in sf, “disruptor” was predictably over-used), the croissant to the basic sugar cookie’s white bread. 

these strawberry sugar cookies are pretty rich, so a quick imprint of freeze-dried strawberry sugar onto the cookies lends an air of sweet, fruity balance. they’re suitable for holiday baking (though i definitely would not recommend if you’re trying to ship these), or even for valentine’s given the hint of pink on top.

These pale cream-colored sugar cookies are dusted with bright pink crushed freeze-dried strawberries and sugar.
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Strawberry Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
50 mins
These strawberry sugar cookies are fruity and buttery and shatteringly crispy and crumbly, making them an addictive treat during the holiday season.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, dried fruit, nut-free, strawberry, sugar cookies, vegetarian
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 144 kcal
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries finely ground
  • 1/4 cup coarse sugar
  1. Cream together the butter, oil, powdered sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla; it will look curdled, but have no fear. Add the dry ingredients and blend until combined.
  2. Drop by teaspoons onto baking sheet. Mix the freeze-dried strawberries and coarse sugar together in a small bowl. Dip the bottom of a flat glass in this sugar, then press down the cookies with the sugar coated bottom. (When I’m pressing out these cookies, it can be hard to get the sugar to stick to the glass. I usually dampen the bottom of the cup with a bit of water for the first cookie to get it going).
  3. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden. Move the cookies to a cooling rack, and cool completely.
Recipe Notes

From Mrs. Matsushita. I’m not sure where she originally got this recipe, but upon a quick search online, it seems like these are more common than I originally thought (it’s like the Alaskan blueberry coffee cake all over again).

more cookies besides these strawberry sugar cookies

toasted almond thumbprint cookies: crumbly cookies packed with toasted almond meal and topped with spoonfuls of jam

toasted almond thumbprint cookies

These peppermint mocha cookies get dunked in dark chocolate and crushed peppermint candy for even more deliciousness. #peppermint #mocha #cookies #christmascookies

peppermint mocha cookies

2 Replies to “Strawberry Sugar Cookies”

  1. I love sugar cookies!! And I soooo want to try that strawberry-sugar dust on top. Mmmmm!!

  2. That looks so delicious. I never tried strawberry cookies. I think I am going to enjoy this.

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