These pink sugar cookies are fun, festive and so easy to make! This one bowl recipe takes only 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to bake. No dough chilling required! These easy cookies are great for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, baby showers and more.

Pink sugar cookies stack.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These pink sugar cookies take only 20 minutes to make.
  • Everything is made in one bowl.
  • No dough chilling required.
  • They are fun for Valentine’s Day, baby showers and gender reveal parties.
  • Feel free to use another color food dye.
  • They are buttery and sweet.
  • This recipe is gluten free and nut free.
  • Check out these Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles for another fun dessert!

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for pink sugar cookies. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Use cold butter right from the fridge. Do not use softened or melted butter. Cold butter prevents the cookies from spreading too thin in the oven. Beat butter and sugar together until no clumps of butter remain.

Granulated sugar adds the sweetness. Beating the butter and sugar will take about 2 to 3 minutes. I have not tried this recipe with a sugar alternative.

Use one egg and one additional egg yolk. This keeps the cookies more soft and dense than cake like.

A bit of vanilla extract adds a delicious homemade flavor.

Both gluten free 1 to 1 flour and all purpose flour can be used. I used King Arthur Flour gluten free 1 to 1 flour. Measure carefully.

Baking powder leavens these sugar cookies.

Add in a pinch of sea salt if using unsalted buter.

Red food coloring turns these cookies pink. Use one or two drops to start. Then mix and continue adding coloring as desired.

Red food dye and baking ingredients.

Taste & Texture

These pink sugar cookies are sweet and buttery! Despite their pink color, they taste like classic sugar cookies.

They are soft baked and thick. These are not as thin and crispy as some sugar cookies. They are thick and doughy!

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add cold butter and sugar. Mix on high for 2 to 3 minutes or until no clumps of butter remain.

Mixed butter and sugar.

Step 3

Then, add in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.

Sugar dough in bowl.

Step 4

Add in flour, baking powder and sea salt. Then, stir to combine.

Light colored dough.

Step 5

Add red food coloring one drop at a time. Continue stirring and adding food coloring until dough reaches desired pink color.

Pink cookie dough.

Step 6

Use an ice cream scoop to scoop balls of cookie dough onto lined pan. Use hands to slightly flatten each ball of dough.

Step 7

Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until cookies are barely set in the middle.

Sugar cookies on pan.

Step 8

Finally, remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool on pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Use cold butter straight from your fridge. Do not use softened or melted butter.

Use a stand mixer or electric mixers to beat butter and sugars. Beat until no clumps of butter remain.

The dough will be thick.

Use a cookie scooper to scoop balls of dough. Then, flatten with your hands.

These cookies spread slightly but not too much.

Try to make cookies as uniformly sized as possible.

Do not over bake. Cookies are done when the middles are barely set.

These pink sugar cookies are fragile when they are warm. Allow them to cool before transferring to a cooling rack.

Stack of pink cookies.

How to Serve & Store

Serve pink sugar cookies once cool enough to handle. They are gooey at first!

These cookies pair well with a glass of milk, coffee or hot chocolate.

They are fun in an ice cream sundae too!

Store leftovers at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you dye pink cookie dough?

Dye cookie dough pink with red food coloring. Use only a few drops.

Are these cut out sugar cookies?

No, these are not meant to be rolled out and cut into shapes. These are drop sugar cookies.

Do I need to chill the dough?

No, there is no need to chill the dough. The cold butter keeps the dough cold already.

Light pink sugar cookies.

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Pink sugar cookies stack.

Get the Recipe: Pink Sugar Cookies

These pink sugar cookies are so fun and festive! They are buttery, sweet and doughy. This one bowl recipe is quick and easy. Great for Valentine's Day, baby showers and more!
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups flour, gluten free 1 to 1 or all purpose
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch sea salt, optional
  • red food coloring

Instructions 

  • First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add cold butter and sugar. Mix on high for 2 to 3 minutes or until no clumps of butter remain.
  • Then, add in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  • Add in flour, baking powder and sea salt. Stir to combine.
  • Add red food coloring one drop at a time. Continue stirring and adding food coloring until dough reaches desired pink color.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to scoop balls of cookie dough onto lined pan. Use hands to slightly flatten each ball of dough.
  • Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until cookies are barely set in the middle.
  • Finally, remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool on pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Notes

  • Use cold butter straight from the fridge.  Do not use melted or softened butter.  This would cause the cookies to spread too thin.
  • Mix butter and sugar until no clumps of butter remain.  This usually takes 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Cookie dough will be thick.
  • Add as much or as little red food coloring as desired.  Add slowly.
  • Use hands to flatten cookie dough balls before baking.
  • Bake only until cookies are barely set in the middle.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Calories: 304kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 161mg, Potassium: 38mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 504IU, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 1mg

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