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Brighten any occasion with smiley face cookies. Perfect for kids birthday parties, school birthday treats and any occasion. Super easy to make and a fun celebration alternative to cake or cupcakes.

Smiley face cookies — we’re really excited to share a piece of our childhood with you. These cookies are the ultimate birthday treat. And a great alternative to cake. They bring back some great memories. Back in the day, walking into class with a cardboard flat of smiley face cookies was a BIG deal.

And if you’re from Sidney or have spent much time in Sidney, Montana you know exactly what we mean. Philadelphia has Philly Cheese Steak, Minneapolis has the Juicy Lucy, Seattle has Coffee & Dungess Crab and Sidney, Montana has Smiley Face Cookies. The bakery has since closed, but you can still find them at the local grocery store.

Our version may not be exactly the same, but they’re still delicious and so much fun. And brings back that nostalgic feeling from our childhood.

Smiley face cookies are perfect for school birthday treats or birthday parties. And the way the piping on our eyes turned out, they’d work great for an emoji or clown themed party. #emojiparty #clownparty

How to Make Smiley Face Cookies – Cookie Recipe

Using a 4 inch cookie cutter, this recipe will make approximately 24 to 28 cookies.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

Supplies

Recipe & Tips

Begin by creaming together the sugar, butter, eggs and milk. Add the dry ingredients including flour, salt and baking powder.

Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Then cut the cookies with a 4 inch cookie cutter. Carefully transfer the cookies with a flat spatula to a parchment covered baking pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. It’s important you don’t over cook them to make sure they turn out super soft.

Allow the cookies to cool. Otherwise you may end up with droopy faces and nobody wants that. *Haha*

How to Make Smiley Face Cookies – Frosting Recipe

A smooth buttercream frosting made with part butter, part shortening to keep a bright white color.

Ingredients

Supplies

Recipe & Tips

Begin by mixing together the softened butter and shortening. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Mix well.

Mix in cream and vanilla. Add additional cream to reach desired consistency.

Frost all the cookies using the white icing. Then separate the remaining icing into 3 different bowls. Add food coloring to reach desired brightness.

We used a 3 color icing coupler set to pipe the eyes and mouth. It worked really great!

To use the 3 color icing coupler, Insert the white plastic end into the piping bag. Add each color into a separate decorating bag. (Folding the bag down makes it easy to load with frosting.) Bring together each icing bag and line up the plastic ends. Attach the decorating tip and fasten. We used a star tip, but feel free to try out different decorating tips.

Apply the eyes and mouth on each cookie. Then store in a plastic container to keep them soft until you serve them.

Great for kids birthdays, but they truly will brighten any occasion. And it’s so simple to change the colors to mach your party palette.

How to Make Smiley Face Cookies – Cookie Recipe

Yields: 24 – 28 4 inch cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

Supplies

Recipe & Tips

  1. Begin by creaming together sugar, butter, egg and milk.
  2. Add dry ingredients including flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Cut cookies with a 4 inch cookie cutter.
  5. Carefully transfer the cookies with a flat spatula to a parchment covered baking pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. It’s important that you don’t over cook or the cookies will not be soft.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool.

How to Make Smiley Face Cookies – Frosting Recipe

A smooth buttercream frosting made with part butter, part shortening to keep a bright white color.

Ingredients

Supplies

Recipe & Tips

  1. Begin by mixing together softened butter and shortening.
  2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Mix well.
  3. Mix in cream and vanilla.
  4. Adding additional cream to reach desired consistency.
  5. Frost all cookies using the white icing.
  6. Then separate the remaining icing into 3 different bowls.
  7. Add food coloring to reach desired brightness.
  8. Insert the white plastic end into the piping bag.
  9. Add each color to a icing piping bag. (Folding the bag down makes it easy to load with frosting.)
  10. Bring together each icing bag and line up plastic end. Attach the decorating tip and fasten.
  11. Apply eyes and mouth on each cookie.
  12. Store in a plastic container to keep them soft.

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