Pink Sugar Cookies

These fun, festive and easy-to-make pink sugar cookies are going to be your new favorite cookie! Whether you’re whipping up a batch for Valentine’s Day, decorating for a baby shower or adding a touch of sweetness to a gender reveal party, these soft, classic cookies are sure to be the star of the show! This recipe comes together in just one bowl, making it perfect for beginner bakers! Plus, we have gluten free and dairy free options! Think decadent Crumbl cookies meets melt-in-your-mouth Lofthouse classics, all dressed up in a gorgeous pink frosting fit for any occasion.

Why You’ll Love These Cookies

You only need one bowl to make them!

They are perfectly soft and fluffy.

Who doesn’t love frosting?

These pink sugar cookies are great for Valentine’s Day, parties, bridal showers and gender reveals.

They are super kid-friendly!

These cookies are allergy-friendly and can be made gluten free, dairy free and nut free!

They are so easy to make!

Equipment Needed

All you need to make these pink sugar cookies is a bowl, fork, spoon and a baking sheet.

Ingredients Needed

Flour: I used gluten free flour here because I am gluten free. Feel free to use regular flour though!

Baking Powder: The primary function of baking powder is to act as a leavening agent. It helps make these pink sugar cookies light and fluffy!

Baking Soda: Baking soda’s reaction typically produces a slightly denser and chewier cookie compared to baking powder. This helps make the cookie slightly chewy.

Salt: Salt acts as a flavor enhancer, amplifying and balancing the sweetness of other ingredients like sugar, chocolate and vanilla. It cuts through the sweetness, preventing the cookies from tasting flat or one-dimensional. My favorite salt is Redmond’s Real Salt because it is high-quality and made with zero fillers. If you use my discount code LESSWITHLAUR you can get 15% off Redmond’s website.

Sugar: I typically prefer to use coconut sugar in my cookie recipes because it has a lower glycemic index. You can definitely use coconut sugar here, however the cookies will be darker. I wanted lighter cookies so I used cane sugar!

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is used in place of butter in these pink sugar cookies and it also gives these cookies a delicious flavor!

Olive Oil: Olive oil, being a liquid fat, contributes significantly to moisture in the dough, leading to chewier, softer cookies compared to using butter. This can be desirable if you prefer a less crumbly texture.

Vanilla: Vanilla extract gives these cookies a delicious flavor.

Applesauce: Similar to olive oil, applesauce adds significant moisture to the dough, resulting in softer, chewier cookies that stay fresh longer.

Egg: Egg helps bind these cookies together. Feel free to make these with a flax egg or an egg replacer, if necessary.

Frosting: I used premade vanilla frosting here, but feel free to make your own if you prefer!

Pitaya: I used pitaya (dragon fruit powder) to give the frosting a pretty pink color.

Sprinkles: Sprinkles add a fun touch to these pink sugar cookies!

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Gather your ingredients and preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Add dry ingredients into a bowl.

Step 3: Stir in wet ingredients.

Step 4: Refrigerate dough for 15-20 minutes.

Step 5: Scoop 1 1/2-2 inch cookie dough balls onto greased baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently flatten with a spoon before baking in the oven for 15-17 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

Step 6: Let cookies cool completely before frosting. To make pink frosting, combine pitaya powder with vanilla frosting. Gently spread frosting onto cookies and add sprinkles on top. Enjoy!

Storage

Store these cookies at room temperature for 3-4 days, unless frosting is required to be refrigerated after opening! Store in the fridge to keep extra fresh!

Variations

Add chocolate: Fold chocolate chips into the batter because who doesn’t love chocolate?

Frosting: Try a different color frosting! Experiment with different colors like blue, orange and green!

Heart-shaped: Use cookie cutters to make these cookies into heart shapes!

Make it mini: Feel free to try out smaller cookies instead of making large frosted sugar cookies.

Recipe FAQ

How do you dye the frosting pink? 

I dyed the frosting pink by mixing 1 tbsp pitaya powder into the vanilla frosting container.

Why do you have to chill the dough?

It helps prevent the dough from spreading and makes it easier to handle. Do not skip this step!

What flavor is the pink sugar cookie?

This pink sugar cookie is a sugary vanilla flavor!

Do you put the sprinkles on before or after baking?

I added the sprinkles after baking!

Can sugar cookies be frozen?

Yes! Feel free to freeze these pink sugar cookies.

Are these nut free?

These cookies are nut free as long as you use flour that is nut free.

Are these cookies vegan?

These cookies can be made vegan if you swap in an egg substitute.

Related Recipes

Be sure to try these dessert ideas next:

Valentine’s Cheesecake

Heart Thumbprint Cookies

Air Fryer Caramelized Banana

Gluten Free Mug Brownie

Air Fryer Peaches

If you make these pink sugar cookies and love them, I would really appreciate a 5 star review! I also love seeing your creations so please tag me on Instagram or TikTok.

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5 from 3 votes

Pink Sugar Cookies

These fun, festive and easy-to-make pink sugar cookies are going to be your new favorite cookie! Whether you're whipping up a batch for Valentine's Day, decorating for a baby shower or adding a touch of sweetness to a gender reveal party, these soft, classic cookies are sure to be the star of the show!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time17 minutes
Course: Dessert, Desserts
Keyword: cookies, desserts, valentines day
Servings: 8
Calories: 593kcal

Equipment

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 spoon or fork
  • 1 baking sheet

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups flour gluten free if needed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar coconut sugar if desired
  • dash salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package vanilla frosting
  • 1 tbsp pitaya powder
  • 1 jar sprinkles

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients and preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Add dry ingredients into a bowl.
  • Stir in wet ingredients.
  • Refrigerate dough for 15-20 minutes.
  • Scoop 1 1/2-2 inch cookie dough balls onto greased baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently flatten with a spoon before baking in the oven for 15-17 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  • Let cookies cool completely before frosting. To make pink frosting, combine pitaya powder with vanilla frosting. Gently spread frosting onto cookies and add sprinkles on top. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
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2 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    These cookies were delicious! We found that using the bons red milk 1:1 (white and blue bag) we needed to add a couple extra tablespoons of EVOO & applesauce. Definitely would recommend following her recipe and then add a little more oil and applesauce if your dough it’s forming into a moist play dough type of dough! Overall, so happy to have found this recipe! Definitely a keeper!!

    1. Thank you! I used the paleo flour but that is super helpful! Every flour will be a little different so I am glad you were able to adapt 🙂

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