Strawberry Sugar Cookies are a simple and delicious sugar cookie, rolled in Sparkling Strawberry Sugar and simply bursting with fresh, sweet summery strawberry flavor and color! If you’re looking for an easy recipe for scrumptious, buttery cookies with crinkly tops, crisp edges, soft and chewy centers, this is the recipe for you.
These are the perfect soft and chewy sugar cookies for sunny summer celebrations, and with the bright color of fresh berries and filled with fresh strawberry flavor, they are also perfect for Valentine’s Day and birthday parties. For special summer fun, layer two Strawberry Sugar Cookies with fresh vanilla or fresh strawberry ice cream for an incredible Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich treat!
WHAT IS THE SECRET OF STRAWBERRY SUGAR COOKIES?
If you’ve ever tried to bake with fresh strawberries, you’ll understand that the high water content of fresh berries tends to make cookies, cakes and breads a bit soggy. Strawberry jam doesn't give you the same burst of flavor or color that you may be looking for in a chewy sugar cookie. Roasting strawberries helps to remove the moisture, retains some of the flavor, but unfortunately creates a brownish berry color - certainly not the bright color we're looking for!
My secret? Shortcut freeze-dried strawberry powder to the rescue for a burst of fresh, sweet strawberry flavor!
Although the freeze-dried strawberry powder definitely brings the strawberry flavor, the color that it provides is a very light pink at best. For a true strawberry red cookie, I’ve added a bit of red get food coloring to the cookie dough. If you prefer, you can leave the food coloring out and still have a light pink chewy Strawberry Sugar Cookie - pretty and pink!
WHAT EXACTLY ARE FREEZE-DRIED STRAWBERRIES?
HOW DO I MAKE FREEZE-DRIED STRAWBERRY POWDER?
Making strawberry freeze-dried fruit powder may be the easiest thing you've ever created!
Using a high speed blender or spice grinder, simply process the freeze-dried fruit for a few seconds and almost instantly for a perfectly silky pure strawberry powder.
HOW DO I MAKE SPARKLING STRAWBERRY SUGAR?
CAN I USED SPARKLING STRAWBERRY SUGAR FOR OTHER RECIPES?
Sparkling Strawberry Sugar is a colorful and fun flavored sugar made with real strawberries and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
You can also make Strawberry Sugar with granulated sugar or powdered sugar - it just won't be as sparkling!
This strawberry infused sugar is perfect for lemonade, iced tea, cocktails and spring baking - shortbread cookies, meringues and sweetened whipped cream anyone? It's also perfect for making flavorful strawberry cakes & cupcakes, cookies, frostings and candy - and perfect to sprinkle on pie crusts and pastries. So many possibilities!
CAN I MAKE OTHER FRUIT FLAVORED CHEWY SUGAR COOKIES & FRUIT FLAVORED SPARKLING SUGAR?
This same concept and recipe can be used for your favorite fruit sugar cookies and sparkling fruit sugar! Substitute your favorite freeze-dried fruit and/or fruit flavor and create:
STRAWBERRY SUGAR COOKIES:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (softened)
2 large eggs (room temperature)
3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
½ teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
6 Tablespoons (36g) freeze dried strawberry powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure strawberry extract (Amoretti Artisan Natural Wild Strawberry or Cooks)
1/2 teaspoon red gel food coloring
SPARKLING STRAWBERRY SUGAR:
1/2 cup white or red sparkling sugar (sanding sugar)
1 Tablespoon freeze dried strawberry powder
HOW I MAKE THESE:
YIELD: Makes 30 cookies
RECIPE VARIATIONS: This same concept and recipe can be used for your favorite fruit sugar cookies and sparkling fruit sugar! Substitute your favorite freeze-dried fruit and/or fruit flavor and create:
GLUTEN FREE STRAWBERRY SUGAR COOKIES: You can easily make Gluten-Free Crumble Cookies by substituting your favorite 1:1 gluten free flour for the all-purpose flour. I use and recommend King Arthur, Measure for Measure Flour and Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour.
VEGAN STRAWBERRY SUGAR COOKIES: If you use non-dairy butter these could technically be considered vegan cookies, adjust baking time as necessary. When it comes to baking with different ingredients, I always recommend testing before serving to a crowd!
Original recipe created by Snowflakes & Coffeecakes 2014; revised & reposted February 2023.
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