Sugar Doves Recipe
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Sugar Doves Recipe

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"I enjoy making these beautiful cookies and I love to spend a cold evening decorating them." Pretty little sugar doves are sure to get you into the holiday spirit! - Peggy Preston, Fenton, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:90 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 90 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water
  • 4-1/2 cups sliced almonds
  • 3-1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 145 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in milk and vanilla.
  2. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 3-in. bird-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine shortening, confectioners' sugar, milk, extracts and enough water to achieve spreading consistency.
  5. Frost cookies. Arrange walnuts over the bodies and almonds for feathers. Add chocolate chip eyes. Yield: 7-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Sugar Doves in Taste of Home December/January 2009, p52

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shawnba User ID: 2581969 102151
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"The sugar cookie itself was just average, but it looked spectacular on the cookie tray!! Most people commented that it was too pretty to eat. Will definitely make these again"

pdarwin User ID: 7144531 83598
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013 Edited Dec. 27, 2013

"I ordered the dove cookie cutter as the other reviewer suggested from Williams-Sonoma and received it in 3 days and with free shipping. Can't wait to start baking. Okay I had to change my rating. I give it 5 stars for appearance but 3 for taste. Really cute and fun to decorate! But I did not care for the cookie at all. It really lacked flavor and was dry. Field Editor since July, 2013"

cmdp1 User ID: 2839647 100066
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"To find dove cookie cutter type in Google dove cookie cutter. Williams-Sonoma has them and also TheFind has a large variety of doves flying ones, spread wings, small , large, extra large, check it out, the one is only $2.00 at Hope this helps you, happy holidays."

AmyADavidson User ID: 2405284 169720
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"I have made these for 10 years and are always included in my Christmas cookie selection. Always include a note with the cookies: Jesus is symbolized in the bible by the dove. May your Christmas be filled with peace, joy and a whole lot of DOVE!"

JohannaK User ID: 5505896 209471
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"I can't wait to make these adorable cookies.

Does anyone know where I can find that particular cookie cutter online? I've found other dove shapes, but I love THIS one.
Thanks for the great recipe!"

Raggamuffin User ID: 3425624 156933
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I used my favorite sugar recipe (because I already had some made) and took this idea to decorate them. Very elegant!"

rebeccaaquino User ID: 3128485 102150
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"This is also my favorite plain sugar cookie recipe. They taste better than any other I've tried."

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