Sweet Elements Sugar Cookie Recipe

Founder Faye Palmqvist shares her mouth-watering recipe for Sugar Cookies this Christmas!

Just in time for Christmas! TOAST gets the lowdown on how to make, bake, and decorate luxury London bakery Sweet Elements' deliciously festive Sugar Cookies - perfect for spoiling guests and they make a great last minute gift too!


Makes 18 - 24 medium sized cookies  

Pre-heat oven: 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit)

Baking time: 9 - 11 minutes (this can vary on your oven whether you are using fan or not - if you’re using the fan lower your temperature to 170 degrees Celsius)

What You'll Need

420g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

227g unsalted butter, room temperature

200g granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp good quality vanilla extract

1/8 tsp salt

Sweet Elements Ingredients


  • Sieve your dry ingredients into a bowl set aside. 

  • In your mixing bowl add your sugar and butter and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Approximately 5 minutes. 

  • Whisk your egg and vanilla and then add it to the butter mixture and mix until incorporated. 

  • In three additions add your dry ingredients. Don’t mix on a very high speed. Allow the flour to be incorporated until it resembles crumbs and then starts to form a ball. Sweet Elements

  • Remove the cookie dough and knead it until it comes together on your work surface.

  • Roll out the cookie dough between two pieces of parchment paper and place onto a baking tray. Chill the dough in the freezer for about 5 - 8 minutes until it has hardened. Sweet Elements Cookie Dough

  • Remove the cookie dough from the freezer now cut your shapes. Place the cookies back into the freezer for 5 minutes to firm up again and then bake for 9 - 10 minutes. You do not want the cookies to go a golden biscuit colour. Sweet Elements Biscuits Cut

  • Remove from the oven allow to cool on baking tray for 5 minutes then move your cookies to a wire rack to continue cooling.Sweet Elements Cookies Baked


You can make your own royal icing with icing sugar, egg whites and some lemon juice. Having said that I suggest buy the mix ready from the supermarket or from an online cake supply shop. Its easy as the ready bought royal icing uses powdered egg whites so you don’t have to worry about the safety of your royal icing.

For shop bought royal icing follow the instructions on the packaging. You will need to make two consistencies. The first a thick consistency to pipe an outline on your cookie as image below demonstrates, the second will be your flooding consistency which is more liquid in form. Once you have the consistency of your icing you can colour it with food colouring. Alternatively, you can buy ready coloured royal icing from professional cake online shops. I buy my icing from Squires online. You can embellish your cookies with coloured sugar, sprinkles, edible glitter, sugar balls anything that you fancy that is edible you can use! If you have a steady hand you can pipe friends and family names onto the cookies.

Sweet Elements Iced Biscuits

Sweet Elements Biscuits Finished

Don’t forget to tag @ToastLifeUK in all your cookie creations – we would love to see your photos! 

For more on Sweet Elements you can find their page in TOAST’s Little Black Book.

For further inspiration and gorgeous recipes, check out TheEDIT where you can find Faye's top tips on how to bake your cookies!


Posted in Recipe

by Recipe
on on 23 December 2017

  christmas , christmas baking, christmas cookies, christmas treats

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