Frosted Strawberry Sugar Cookies

These pink Frosted Strawberry Sugar Cookies are soft and pillowey with a distinct strawberry flavor.

Frosted Strawberry Sugar Cookies

Long time no talk! It’s been over two weeks since I’ve posted anything on here and even that post was written and scheduled back in September… October has been a BLUR of craziness, travel, and work. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have pieced together how my month has gone…

I spent the first week in October at my alma mater, Purdue, to do some recruiting for work. Next up, Hubby and I headed to California for a beautiful wedding in Napa. While we were in Napa, my sister had her baby. But I couldn’t get over to see them as soon as I wanted because we had good friends from NYC in town. That weekend consisted of some pumpkin beer tasting, fires in the firepit, and just general good times catching up with great friends.

Frosted Strawberry Sugar Cookies

Then, I got to go spend 5 glorious days with my new nephew, cooking and baking tons of food for the new parents, and just enjoying a bunch of snuggling with a newborn. For those of you who know me, I’m the last person to have baby fever, but I tell you what, the smell of a newborn just might have given me a twinge of a desire to have one of my own… Just when you would think my month couldn’t get any busier, Hubby and I hopped on another plane to head to Charlotte for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It was Hubby’s first time walking, and we had a BLAST! (recap post coming soon)

Frosted Strawberry Sugar Cookies

Through all of this traveling and time away from work, I thought I would have time to bring you guys more pink recipes in October. But I was distracted by the nostalgia of being back on campus, the allure of wine country, hanging out with a snuggly baby, and walking 40 miles… But I’m back now. And I have a couple more recipes to share this month. So get ready!

Frosted Strawberry Sugar Cookies

Not only are these cookies PINK without any food coloring, they’re seriously addictive. I made them when we had friends over for dinner. And let’s just say that the boys almost ruined their appetites by chowing down on 3-4 of these before dinner. They just couldn’t control themselves. These cookies are similar in texture to these soft frosted sugar cookies, but with a distinct strawberry flavor. One of our friends said they almost felt like they had seeds in them, the strawberry flavor was so real.

Frosted Strawberry Sugar Cookies

One thing to note – the cookies and frosting use freeze dried strawberries. Not dried strawberries. I had a major brain fart the first time I went to the store and grabbed dried strawberries. Which are great, just not what you need for the recipe. I was able to find freeze dried strawberries in my big-box grocery store near the dried fruit.

Don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge! Make something PINK during the month of October to raise Breast Cancer Awareness and a chance to win a $100 donation to the charity of your choice.

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Frosted Strawberry Sugar Cookies

These pink Frosted Strawberry Sugar Cookies are soft and pillowey with a distinct strawberry flavor.

Yield: 16 cookies


For the Cookies
2 1/4 cups + 2 Tbsp cake flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup (14 g) freeze dried strawberries
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup unflavored shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla
pink gel food coloring, optional (I omitted)

For the Strawberry Frosting
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup (5 g) freeze dried strawberries
3 Tbsp fresh strawberry puree (from about 3/4 cup fresh)
1 tsp fresh lime or lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


For the Cookies
In a mixing bowl, whisk together cake flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt for 30 seconds.

Add 1 cup freeze dried strawberries to a food processor and pulse until ground into a fine powder. Sift ground strawberries through a fine mesh strainer (to remove seeds and the few small pieces remaining) into the flour mixture and whisk to combine.

*Optional - while the food processor is out and dirty, go ahead and process the 1/3 cup of freeze-dried strawberries for the frosting. Sift into a small bowl and reserve for later.

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter, shortening and sugar on medium speed until very pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes.

Mix in egg, then mix in egg white and vanilla. Blend in food coloring if desired (I did not use food coloring).

With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined.

Transfer dough to an airtight container and refrigerate 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration. Line two cookie sheets with parchment or a Silpat. Lightly flow the parchment or Silpat.

Scoop dough out about 3 Tbsp (50 g each) at a time and roll into a ball. Sprinkle top of cookie dough lightly with flour, then using something flat and smooth (such as a glass), press and evenly flatten dough to about 1/3-inch thick.

Bake in preheated oven 8-9 minutes. Allow to cool 2 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost with Strawberry Frosting.

For the Strawberry Frosting
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter until pale and fluffy.

Meanwhile, pulse 1/3 cup freeze dried strawberries in the food processor until finely ground. Using a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds, sift freeze dried strawberries over butter and mix to combined.

Stir in 3 Tbsp fresh strawberry puree, lime or lemon juice and vanilla extract (mixture will look separated and that's okay).

Slowly mix in powdered sugar and whip until well combined.

Recipe from Cooking Classy

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26 Responses to “Vanilla Peach Bourbon Jam”

  1. #
    thecookingnurse — August 7, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    What a neat exchange! Your jam flavor sound delish!

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    stephchows — August 7, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    oh YUMMMM!!! I love the color!! Peach with vanilla… I think I need to go peach picking this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ As for your Q I’ll answer it here and on my blog. The reason there is no pectin is because raspberries naturally have a very high level of it in them, when I make my raspberry jam (posted yesterday) I only use raspberries and sugar, that’s it! And it gels up without any problem ๐Ÿ™‚ As for processing, I say jar it up and boil the jars for 10 minutes and then let them cool overnight like normal. Can’t wait to hear how it tastes!

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    Jen — August 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    That makes sense about the raspberries having pectin in them. Thanks for the help for a jam newbie!

  4. #
    Danielle Hawes — August 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Ohhh I want to make this!!

  5. #
    nutmegnanny — August 7, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    What a yummy jam! I bet it taste amazing:)

  6. #
    Kevin — August 8, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I really like the sound of a peach jam with vanilla bean and bourbon!

  7. #
    Jessica Segarra — August 10, 2009 at 2:56 am

    One day soon I really really want to make my own Jam! Yours looks fabulous!

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    Kerstin — August 11, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Wow, what an amazing flavor combo, I’m completely impressed you made your own jam – it looks fabulous!

  9. #
    Anna — August 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration, it came out yummy!

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    Christine — September 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Hello Jen! I found this blog in Foodista and followed it here. This is a actually cool Vanilla Peach Bourbon Jam recipe. Keep it up and I may see you on Food Network one day. By the way, did you know you can place more Foodista widget? A friend of mine placed proper Foodista widget at the end of her latest blogs and the numbers of her readers increased. Interesting isnโ€™t it?

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    Squeaky — October 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    It’s too late for peaches (I made a batch of this with peaches, and wanted to make a second, but I waited too long), so I tried asian pears. It’s a little boozier tasting, but delicious!

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    Dave — July 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Just made this with some fantastic peaches. Wow, winning recipe.

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    Amy — June 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I made this jam last summer. My family has been begging for more. This is their all time favorite jam that I made. Can’t wait till the peaches are ripe to mix up a few batches. Thank you!!!

    • beantownbaker — June 11th, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe. I make this jam every year when peaches are in season.

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    Aurora — August 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Just made this, and OMG is it good!! I used southern comfort, and scraped the seeds out of my vanilla bean into the jam. One of the best jams I have ever made! Thanks for the recipe! I put the used vanilla bean into 8oz of southern comfort, might be good in a couple of weeks! Just cant bear to throw away the rest of the vanilla bean.

    • beantownbaker — August 6th, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this! It’s one of my favorite jam recipes ever.

  15. #
    Denise — August 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Hi! Can’t wait to try this jam! Is there a reason you used low-sugar pectin instead of regular?

    • beantownbaker — August 28th, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

      That’s what the recipe called for. In general, when it comes to pectin, I follow the recipe and don’t deviate from what it says…

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    Gatorman — October 29, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    This recipe sounds great! I have to go out for a liquor run tomorrow(Son getting married) and peaches are still in the stores. I was looking for a good(and different) peach jam recipe. Thanks!

    • beantownbaker — October 29th, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

      This is one of my favorite jam recipes. I make it every year at the end of summer while peaches are really ripe here in the midwest!

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    Brighid45 — July 6, 2014 at 8:17 am

    This is a fantastic recipe! Made it last year and the first batch disappeared so fast, two more got made right away ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m just about to start on this year’s first batch. My only suggestion would be this: if you’re using a stockpot for canning the half-pints/pints and not a water-bath canner, put some butter knives on the bottom of the pot so the jars don’t make direct contact with the floor. The knives act in the same way as a rack does, to reduce the chance that a jar might crack or even break.

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

      Great tip. Thanks!

  18. #
    FancyApril — August 21, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I made this last night, the best peach jam I have ever tasted. I brought a small jar to work and everyone has fallen in love!

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    Linda Riccardo Henderson — June 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I don’t drink but would love to try recipe, someone promised to share bourbon for recipe and at the last minute gave me Jim beam whisky instead. I reviewed how the spirits are made…thoughts about the substitution. Thank you love your site

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    Scott Anderson — October 5, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Jim Beam would be fine – it’s a nuance, not a strong “flavor”. This is an amazing jam that won’t disappoint…

  21. #
    Dawn — July 9, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Wow! Just made this jam, & it is amazing. Will definitely be making this yearly.

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