Darling Duckling Sugar Cookies

I knew the first time I tried this sugar cookie recipe back in January, that I would most definitely be making them again and again and again. And with Easter around the corner, I just had to give them a sweet spring-themed twist.

Originally I was thinking, little chicks, but I’m going with ducklings based on the large orange confetti sprinkles that I had on hand for beaks.

Okay, let me be blunt. Make. These. Cookies!

You don’t even need to decorate them. They are absolutely perfect plain. I know because I made several batches and I cannot stop eating them even without the frosting.

In my previous post about these, I mentioned that I baked one batch with White Lily flour, (a softer flour on the left above) and another batch with King Arthur Flour (on the right).

If you want to decorate these soft sugar cookies following the directions below, I would use King Arthur Flour because it yields cookies that were slightly thicker and smaller in diameter. You can see the difference in the pics above. Therefore, they offered more support for the frosting and the proportions for decorating were better, too.

If you use White Lily and still want to frost them, then spread the frosting instead of scooping it on top, so that the weight of the frosting isn’t too much for these so soft cookies.

Oh my… I can’t stand the cuteness.

Here’s the recipe I used from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod.

Follow the recipe instructions and then read below to see how to decorate them as ducklings:

  • Use a 1-1/2 inch scoop to place tinted yellow buttercream frosting on top of a cookie.
  • Gently press the cookie into a small bowl filled with yellow sanding sugar. Rock slightly to coat and press the frosting into a pretty little mound. Use your hand to reshape if needed.
  • Place two jumbo orange confetti sprinkles in position and open slightly for beaks.
  • Press two orange sprinkles in position for feet. I used Autumn Leaf Confetti Sprinkles, but you could also leave this step out.

Note: Decorate one cookie at a time because once the frosting sits for a bit, it will be hard to get the sprinkles to attach through the sanding sugar barrier. It’s best to do it all at one time and then move on to the next cookie.

  • Place two black sugar pearls in position for eyes and two pink confetti sprinkles in position for cheeks.

That’s really it. You can totally stop here or if you want to give them sweet little wings, keep going.

  • The frosting will not stick easily to the surface of the sanding sugar. So… To pipe the wings and allow the butter cream to attach, use a toothpick to remove some of the sanding sugar frosting barrier.
  • Once removed, the frosting can be piped to the exposed frosting on the cookie and the wings will attach. Then gently sprinkle more sanding sugar over the wings to finish.

Look how cute and cuddly.

Now, that I have all my ducks in a row, it’s time to take a bite.

Yep. Delicious!

Hope you get a chance to make these sometime soon and have a Happy Easter!

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16 comments on “Darling Duckling Sugar Cookies”

  1. Hello,
    I’m Jackson, I’m a chef who loves food, I’m always interested in new foods. Darling Duckling Sugar Cookies is great! I just finished them tonight, taste is great and i had a great dinner with my little family. Thanks for your sharing.
    Sincerely grateful!

  2. Merry Christmas everyone! Yesterday I made alot of cakes, cookies and your duckling cookies are one of my family’s favourite.

  3. Wow, I love these cookies. So easy to make it at home. Thank you for sharing such an amazing post.

  4. Omg your duckling sugar cookies look so cute! My kids gonna be love it so much!!!
    Thank you for this recipe!!!

  5. Taught my g-daughter this recipe to teach her how to read a recipe and cook it. Came out delicious.
    Thank you!

  6. Woah..! Looking so pretty..! Yeah.. I love your blog. So amazingly written and so cute cookies. I definitely try this at my home. I really loved it.. Thanks for sharing. I hope to hear more interesting topics from you. Keep sharing..!

  7. Taught my g-daughter this recipe to teach her how to read a recipe and cook it. Came out delicious.

  8. My son got so hyped when he saw these cookies. I bet I know what should I make for snacks for him tomorrow. :)

  9. Awwww!! They’re too cuteee. I’ll make it tomorrow. Can’t wait to see how cute they will be. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. It looks so pretty! My little daughter also loves it, she is amazed in her birthday although it is the first time I have made it. Of course, it is not as pretty as you. I will try it more times.

  11. So cute and creative!!!

  12. Hi Angie,
    Your “DARLING DUCKLING SUGAR COOKIES” recipe is awesome. I made it in a house party all of them love it congratulate me. But original credit goes to you. Thank you for giving such good idea.

  13. they’re so cute; great for the season!

  14. They look like chicks too. Very cute

  15. They look as cute, cloud like and puffy as a peep!

  16. They look soft and delicious!  Good job!

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