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Child's handprint sugar cookie

Diana Johnson is a recipe developer, photographer, writer and the creator of Eating Richly Even When You're Broke. She is passionate about helping people learn to cook and eat foods rich in nutrition and flavor, even on a tight budget, a...

A Mother's Day treat Mom will cherish

The way to Mom's heart might be through her stomach, especially with these sugar cookies imprinted with the hand of her little one.

 Child handprint cookie

While Mom might be constantly wiping little handprints off of windows and TV screens, she will be absolutely delighted to see these handprints. This special no-rise sugar cookie dough skips the baking soda so it can perfectly capture those precious prints.

 Child handprint cookie

Mix your dough, and roll it between sheets of parchment paper.

 Child handprint cookie

Choose a bowl with a circumference bigger than the child's hand, and use it as a cookie cutter to cut out circles of dough.

 Child handprint cookie

Carefully press the child's hand into each circle of dough.

 Child handprint cookie

You might need to distract them with something in the other hand, or try this while they're asleep to get nice, clear prints.

 Child handprint cookie

 Child handprint cookie

Bake them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for 7 to 10 minutes, until they are slightly golden.

 Child handprint cookie

If you'd like to make the handprint stand out even more, let the child fill it using a tube of cookie icing.

 Child handprint cookie

It's great to let the child give Mom her cookie, but make sure you have a backup on hand in case they decide it looks too good to hand off.

Child's handprint sugar cookie recipe

Yields 4


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tube Betty Crocker cookie icing (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Use a stand mixer to cream together the butter and powdered sugar.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and egg.
  4. Mix in the flour on low speed, until the dough comes together.
  5. Roll out the dough between sheets of parchment paper, and use a bowl to cut out circles of dough.
  6. Press the child's hand into each circle of dough to make a handprint.
  7. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes, until golden.
  8. If you'd like the handprint to stand out more, fill it in with the cookie icing.

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