These buttery Strawberry Sugar Cookies have crisp edges, soft centers and – best of all! – a burst of fresh, sweet strawberry flavor.
Keep in touch! Subscribe to receive Melanie Makes recipes direct to your inbox.
Original content posted March 2015. Updated February 2019.
Although I love sugar cookies, they’ve never been on my must make recipe list as they just seem so time intensive! That is until I stumbled upon this Strawberry Sugar Cookies recipe. With just 10 minutes prep time, these cookies are in the oven. No rolling or cookie cutters involved and with a blast of strawberry flavor, too!
Using a shortcut ingredient, these Strawberry Sugar Cookies will bring a summery flavor to your kitchen, even if the thermometer doesn’t yet agree. It’s a simple, delicious sugar cookie recipe that yields scrumptious, buttery cookies with crinkly tops, crisp edges, soft centers and a burst of fresh, sweet strawberry flavor.
If you really want to go all out on strawberry flavor, these Strawberry Sugar Cookies would be especially delicious served alongside my Slow Cooker Strawberry Hot Chocolate. A perfect companion at a baby shower or even a Valentine’s Day party!
Can You Put Strawberries in Sugar Cookies?
Sadly, strawberries aren’t yet in season; but there’s another small dilemma. If you’ve ever tried to bake with fresh strawberries you’ll understand that it can be a problem, due to the high water content of the berries. Fresh strawberries tend to make cookies, cakes and breads a bit soggy, so that’s where my shortcut strawberry powder comes to the rescue!
What is Strawberry Powder?
The final finishing touch is a sprinkle of sanding sugar that gives the cookies a glittery finish.
How to Make Strawberry Sugar Cookies
 In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
 Whisk dry ingredients together to combine. Set aside.
 In the bowl of an electric mixer, add sugar and butter.
 Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
 Add eggs to mixing bowl.
 Mix together on low until well combined.
 Add dry ingredients that were whisked together previously to mixing bowl.
 Add strawberry powder to mixing bowl.
TIP: If you aren’t able to find strawberry powder locally, I was able to purchase it online. In a pinch, you could also simply purchase a package of freeze-dried strawberries and pop them into the bowl of a food processor to pulverize them into a powder.
 Add red food coloring to mixing bowl.
TIP: I prefer to use gel food coloring when baking as it’s a higher concentration which means you have to use less of it than you would a traditional liquid food coloring.
 Mix together on low speed until just combined.
 Using a medium cookie scoop, drop cookie dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
TIP: I love to use these precut parchment sheets when I’m baking to make my time in the kitchen super easy and less messy.
 Sprinkle the top of each ball of dough with sanding sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until just set.
TIP: Want to make your Strawberry Sugar Cookies look like they came straight from a bakery? After you remove your cookies from the oven, top with additional sanding sugar to get into all of the nooks and crannies.
If you’ve tried these Strawberry Sugar Cookies or any other recipe on Melanie Makes, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I love hearing from you and respond to each and every comment!
Strawberry Sugar Cookies
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 4 tablespoons strawberry fruit powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red gel food coloring
- 1/2 cup sanding sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
- Whisk dry ingredients together to combine. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, add sugar and butter.
- Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
- Add eggs to mixing bowl.
- Mix together on low until well combined.
- Add dry ingredients that were whisked together previously to mixing bowl.
- Add strawberry powder to mixing bowl.
- Add red food coloring to mixing bowl.
- Mix together on low speed until just combined.
- Using a medium cookie scoop, drop cookie dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle the top of each ball of dough with sanding sugar.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just set.
- Allow to cool 2-3 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Looking for other strawberry desserts? I can’t wait to try this pretty Strawberry Shortcake Cake Roll, super easy Strawberry Dream Dessert and incredibly moist 7up Sheet Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting.