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Sea Life Sugar Cookies with Printable Gift Tags

These sea life sugar cookies are perfect for celebrating a day at the beach or an ocean themed party! Grab the free printable tag below to create a fun gift.

Sea Life Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookie dough is super versatile and easy to make with only a few ingredients from the grocery store. Start with simple ingredients like butter, granulated sugar and all purpose flour.

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Be sure to set aside enough time to decorate these cookies, you may even want to spread it out over a few days. When adding details it’s important to wait until the layer of flooded icing is completely dry otherwise the icing may crack and the colors will bleed.

Sea Life Sugar Cookie Recipe

Make sure that you have everything that you need to make and decorate these treats. Our cookie cutters are from the new line by Wilton bakes but you can also order them from Amazon below.

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Sea Life Sugar Cookie Recipe

This is my grandma’s classic sugar cookie recipe – time tested and delicious. The only thing that I have changed over the years is swapped out shortening for butter.

How to make sea life cookies:


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Tip: Pre-made Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough can be used to create these cookies as well. Simply add 1/4 cup of flour to the dough, combine well and roll as directed.

Valentine Sugar Cookie Bar Process


1. In a large bowl with electric mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine dry ingredients. Add butter, egg, milk and extract. Mix on medium speed until a soft dough forms.

sugar cookie process

2. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour. This helps to prevent the dough from spreading when baked.

sugar cookie process

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

sugar cookie process

4. Dust your surface with flour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4″ thickness.

5. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough. Place the cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Sea Life Sugar Cookie Recipe Process

6. Bake until the cookies are lightly brown around the edges, about 7 minutes.

7. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool.

This recipe will make about 36, 3″ cookies.

Use my Easy Royal Icing Recipe to make the best icing for these cookies! You will need purple, blue, green, orange, grey, red, black and white royal icing.

Sea Life Sugar Cookie Recipe Process

Royal icing tips:

  • If the icing is too hard, add more water one drop at a time.
  • If the icing is too soft, add more powdered sugar one teaspoon at a time.
  • Icing can be stored at room temperature in a an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  • To use, mix the royal icing with a hand mixer so that it becomes smooth and shiny again.
  • Flood consistency is reached when a spoonful dropped onto a flat surface takes 10 – 15 seconds to become completely smooth.
Sea Life Sugar Cookie Recipe Process

These instructions will show you how to decorate sea horse cookies like these ones. The options are seriously endless, have fun with the decorating!

How to decorate sea horse sugar cookies:

Sea Life Sugar Cookie Recipe Process

1. Outline each different colored area with a line of icing.

Sea Life Sugar Cookie Recipe Process

2. Fill in the rest of the shape with icing. Use a toothpick or scribe to coax icing into corners or spaces.

Sea Life Sugar Cookie Recipe

3. Allow the icing to dry for at least 30 minutes before adding additional colors.

4. Add white bones, scales and a black eye to each sea horse.

Sea Life Sugar Cookie Recipe

How fun are these sea life cookies?! Super cute right?! The shark and crab are created in the same way as the sea horse just with different colors and details.

Sea Life Sugar Cookie Recipe

Allow the icing to completely harden for at least four hours before packaging or storing the cookies. These are super fun to throw into a cookie box and gift to a sea life lover!

Sea Life Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Sea Life Sugar Cookie Recipe

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