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Little Lamb Cookies

Mary had a little lamb whose icing was as white as snow (or pink, if you prefer) thanks to a sprinkling of sanding sugar.

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  • Yield: Makes about 20
Little Lamb Cookies

Photography: Tara Donne

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2011


For the Cookies:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For Decorating the Cookies:

  • Royal Icing tinted pink (optional)
  • Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling


  1. Make the cookies: Sift flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a large bowl.

  2. Beat butter and granulated sugar with a mixer on medium-high
    speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, then vanilla. Refrigerate dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, for at least 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll out dough to a scant 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out cookies using a 5-inch lamb cookie cutter (, rerolling scraps once. Transfer to a baking sheet, and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Bake until edges just start to brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
    Transfer cookies to a wire rack, and let cool completely.

  4. Decorate the cookies: Transfer icing to a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip. Pipe an outline of icing around the edges, then "flood" each cookie with more icing to cover. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Let cookies dry completely before tying a pink or blue ribbon around each lamb's neck if desired.

Cook's Note

Cookie dough can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 1 month. Thaw before using.

Reviews (3)

  • Since1982 6 Mar, 2014

    Here's one of the website links for royal icing:
    There are several variations if you search the database.

    The printer icon is a light grey image you can find underneath the recipe title, to the left of the picture of the lamb cookies.

  • Colleen Wolf 13 Feb, 2014

    Where's the recipe for the icing?

  • gigo 27 Mar, 2013

    Where is the print function? In this age when we are all concerned about the environment, it is amazing that now when if I was to print the recipe it prints 15 pages. Luckily I checked before I printed. Bring back the old format it was easier to read now the whole recipe cannot be seen on the screen without scrolling.

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