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Whole Wheat Cut-Out Sugar Cookies with Naturally Colored Frosting

Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

Recipe At A Glance

  • 11 ingredients
  • Over 30 minutes
  • 8+ Servings

Your kiddos won’t be able to tell the difference with Real Mom Nutrition’s Whole Wheat Cut-Out Sugar Cookies using Land O’Lakes butter!


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Recipe Ingredients


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Land O’Lakes unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour*


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Land O’Lakes butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tbsp. beet or spinach juice
  • 1-2 drops almond extract optional (will help mask any beet flavor)

Recipe Directions


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Move top rack to top one-third of oven.
  • Cut butter into chunks. In a standing mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and blend well.
  • In a separate bowl, combine baking powder and flour.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture, one cup at a time, blending well after each addition. Combine just until all blended. Dough will be stiff. Do not chill.
  • Divide dough into two balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle 1/8 inch thick. Cut out cookies and bake for 6-7 minutes.
  • Let cookies sit one minute, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.



  • Combine butter and sugar with a standing or hand mixer.
  • Add vanilla extract.
  • Add beet or spinach juice, one teaspoon at a time, until you achieve the consistency you want.


Recipe Notes:
*Whole wheat pastry flour is essential to this recipe. If you can’t find whole wheat pastry flour and only have regular whole wheat flour, follow the recipe above using 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour and 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour (measure the amounts, then sift together). We tested them using that ratio and they came out well.

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