Science Party Sugar Cookie Recipe


If you want to delight your science party guests then have some fun making these themed science party sugar cookies.  You can decorate them yourself or get your party guests to lend a hand. Use science cookie cutters to make glass beakers and astoms and shape your own periodic table cookie symbols. 

Sugar Cookie Baking Party

One rainy Saturday morning, my niece and I decided we wanted to be creative.  And for the result be edible.   We decided to make science party sugar cookies for a party she had coming up at school.  

We pulled on our rain boots,  and put up our huge umbrella and headed for the store.  Once inside we searched up and down the isles for the baking section then filled our basket with bright food colors, icing and silver and blue dragees (those little shiny metallic balls).  

Back in the kitchen, we set to work.  We had a bowl each and divided our ingredients into each.  Our arms ached as we creamed and mixed the ingredients into a dough.  My husband came out to help momentarily and floured the countertop and dug out our rolling pins from our baking box.

Once we’d rolled our sugar cookie dough thin enough we used these to make flask, beaker and cookie atoms.  Be careful to make sure the dough is rolled to an even thickness so that the cookies brown evenly. My niece had the genius idea to use square cutters for the science party sugar cookies to make periodic table cookies.


Outline sugar cookies with royal icing

Decorating Science Party Sugar Cookies

Decorating them was so fun. We decided to use royal icing so that the cookies could be easily transported to the school science classroom. Buttercream frosting is easy to decorate with and tastes great, but the decorations won’t hold up as well as royal icing. We used these icing colors to dress up the cookies.


We used decorating tips # 3 and #4. These are simple round tips. We used reusable frosting bags, but disposable bags or cheap storage bags work too. If you are using a storage bag, be gentle to avoid breaking the bags. First outline the cookies with your outline color – in this case white. Then fill in with the same color or a contrasting one. The fill frosting should be slightly thinner. We used a knife to fill in the frosting.

Fill in frosting science sugar cookie

Once the fill frosting was set, we added the details in contrasting colors. For the periodic table letters, first we piped the letters on the cookies with the decorator tips. Then we used a toothpick to add details to each letter. It really didn’t take that long to do.  To make perfect little balls on the atoms, we also used a toothpick. 

Science Cookie atoms cookie decorating

Science Party Sugar Cookies Toothpick

We added in blue and green to add some bubbles to our glass flask cookies. 

science party sugar cookies


science party sugar cookies


The science party sugar cookies are delicious, simple and easy to make and will be enjoyable for your guests to decorate.  

Note: If your children are allergic to food coloring we suggest you use a plant-based coloring.  You can buy them – Color Kitchen.  Or make your own from fruits, vegetables, and spices.



Science Party Sugar Cookies

Make your own science party cookies and decorate them yourselves.

Course: Dessert
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1.5 cups butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups All purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  1. Put the sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla into a bowl.  Cream them together. Add the flour, baking powder and salt.  Fold in the ingredients until completely incorporated. lace the dough into the fridge to chill for 30 mins.

  2. Heat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C or gas mark 6).

  3. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Roll the dough to a thickness of 3/8 inch (9mm). Make sure the cookies are even thickness or some will burn or be undercooked. Use a cooker cutter to cut out the shapes.  

  4. Gently place your cookies onto an oiled baking tray.  Place the try into the oven.  Cook until just barely gold around the edges.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool before frosting.

  1. Whisk the egg white and vanilla in a bowl or using a stand mixer.  Beat until frothy.  Slowly add in the sugar gradually.  Mix gently until the sugar is incorporated.  Then quickly whisk or turn up to high speed (if using a mixer) until the mix forms stiff peaks. Combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy. Add confectioners' sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and the mixture is shiny. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. Takes about 5 mins.  

  2. Add food coloring, if desired. For immediate use, transfer the icing to a pastry bag or heavy duty storage bag and pipe as desired. Use a #3 or #4 decorators tip for outlining the cookies.  Add details to the letters by pulling the frosting with a toothpick.  If using storage bag, clip corner. Store in airtight container (so that it does not harden) in the refrigerator for up to 1 week ( or the freezer for 1 month if tightly wrapped).

  3. Element Cookies  - shape my using a ruler to measure off squares with a ruler. 

  4. For any leftover unfrosted cookies - Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week (freezer for 1 month if tightly wrapped).

Recipe Notes

Note: Pasteurized eggs are said to be safer to protect against food-borne illness.