Small Batch Sugar Cookies (Monkey Faces)

Small Batch Sugar Cookies (Monkey Faces)

Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Afternoon Tea


  • Mixing Bowl & Beaters
  • Oven Tray
  • Baking Paper
  • Rolling Pin


  • 1/4 cup Butter unsalted, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup Sugar granulated
  • 1 Egg Yolk large
  • 1 tbsp Sour Cream full fat or greek yogurt or cream cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Plain Flour
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Baking Powder


  • Cream sugar and butter in a deep bowl.
  • Add egg yolk and vanilla extract. Mix until everything is well-blended.
  • Add sour cream and mix again. I think sour cream added some moisture to these cookies and prevented them from becoming very hard.
  • Add flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Mix everything. The batter will start to curdle and look odd. That’s perfectly normal… you haven’t done anything wrong.
  • When the curdling happens, it’s time to use your hands to start mixing until you form a ball of cookie dough!
  • Roll this dough between 2 sheets of wax paper or parchment paper.

  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out 12 cookie shapes. (See below for monkey faces)
  • Bake these cookies on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper at 350 degrees for 6 minutes. Then rotate your tray and bake for another 3 minutes. Your baking times may vary depending on the thickness of your cookies. Cookies are done when they are light golden brown along the edges. 

  • Allow the cookies to cool down completely before removing them from the parchment paper.


For monkey faces cut three holes in 6 of the cookies and bush with egg white and sprinkle with desiccated coconut. When cool sandwich together with raspberry jam
Small Batch Sugar Cookies (Monkey Faces)