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Sugar Doves

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
    about 7-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons whole 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 whole 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


  • 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.
  • In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 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.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, combine shortening, confectioners' sugar, milk, extracts and enough water to achieve spreading consistency.
  • Frost cookies. Arrange walnuts over the bodies and almonds for feathers. Add chocolate chip eyes.
Nutrition 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.
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  • shawnba
    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
    Dec 14, 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Dec 14, 2009

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