How to Make Nurse Sugar Cookies for Nurse Appreciation Week

Want to show the nurses in your life how much you appreciate them? Whether it’s Nurse Appreciation Week or not, these nurse sugar cookies are so cute that your favorite nurses will appreciate the gesture.

I mean, come on. They’re cookies! And whether you choose the EKG (heartbeat rhythm) or the old-school nurse pattern, each of these is sure to bring a smile to your favorite nurse. So the next time you need to thank a nurse for their hard work, make sure you’ve got this sugar cookie recipe handy.

Image of a woman's hand piping vanilla frosting on heart shaped sugar cookie

How to Make EKG and Nurse Sugar Cookies

Ready to celebrate nurses? Let’s do this!

Yield: 24 cookies

Nurse Sugar Cookies

plate of sugar cookies, half baked as hearts decorated with red icing and a white piped line in the shape of an ekg or heart monitor readout and the other half of cookies baked like a nurse's face with a white hat and cross on it

Know a nurse? Tell them thanks this Nurse Appreciation week with delicious Nurse sugar cookies that look like nurses - and EKGs. They're delicious and your nurse will love them!

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes


Cookie ingredients

  • 1 C of unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 C Powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3 C of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • Cookie Cutter: Rounded generic Skull cookie cutter and heart cookie cutter

Icing ingredients

  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 C powder sugar
  • Ivory, Red, Chocolate brown, black gel food coloring
  • 5 disposable piping bags fitted with a number 2 tip
  • 4 squeeze bottles
  • 1 edible marker


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  3. Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, powder sugar, vanilla and egg and mix until combined and creamy
  4. Using a large bowl, combined the flour, baking soda and cream of tarter
  5. Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed
  6. Using your hands continue to mix until fully combined
  7. Lightly flour a cutting board and knead the cookie dough a couple of times
  8. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick
  9. Cut out 12 nurse's and 12 hearts, placing 6-8 shapes onto a cookie sheet
  10. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown
  11. Repeat steps until completely out of dough
  12. Let cookies cool completely

Royal Icing Directions:

  1. Using the standing mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tarter, vanilla and powder sugar and mix until combined and stiff peaks form
  2. Split the icing into 5 bowls
  3. Leaving one bowl white, add a color into one bowl each. You should have a bowl for each color (white, red, hair color 1, hair color 2, skin color)
  4. Mix the colors until they are the shades that you want
  5. Scoop about 1/4 C of each colors into the 5 piping bags
  6. Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of water into the brown, red, white and ivory bowls
  7. Pour thinned icing into the squeeze bottles
  8. Draw out the outline of the Nurse hair onto the cookies nurse sugar cookie with hair outlined but not frosted on faded paint table background
  9. Using the brown piping bag, pipe out the detail of the Nurse hair
  10. Fill in with the brown thinned icing nurse sugar cookie being iced with only the hair frosted on a faded farm style background
  11. Using the ivory piping bag, pipe the outline of the face below the hair nurse sugar cookie with hair and face iced on a faded painted table background
  12. Fill in with the thinned ivory icing
  13. Using the white piping bag, pipe the nurse hat and fill in with the thinned white icing
  14. Using the red piping bag, outline the hearts heart shaped sugar cookie with red outline piped before frosting it on faded painted table background
  15. Fill in with the red thinned icing heart sugar cookie with red frosting on a faded farm style background
  16. Allow cookies to dry over night
  17. Using the black piping bag, pipe two dots for the pupils
  18. Using the brown piping bag, pipe out curly lines for the hair
  19. Using the red piping bag, pipe out a cross in the center of the hat
  20. Using the white piping bag, pipe out a heart beat onto the center of the heart nurse shaped and iced sugar cookies with heartshaped ekg sugar cookies on a white background
  21. Allow to dry for 2 hours before enjoying!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 363Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 28mgSodium 141mgCarbohydrates 69gFiber 1gSugar 56gProtein 3g

Know a nurse? Tell them thanks this Nurse Appreciation week with delicious Nurse sugar cookies that look like nurses – and EKGs. They’ll love them!

These Sugar Cookies are Delicious! Enjoy!

Cute, right?

And if you don’t get the heartbeat **quite** right, don’t worry too much. It’ll look like arrhythmia and I’m sure your nurse friend will have entirely too much fun trying to figure out which block or dysrhythmia you drew!

Now go enjoy those cookies with your favorite nurse.

Cite this article as: “How to Make Nurse Sugar Cookies for Nurse Appreciation Week.” Kimberly C. Starr, 18 April 2019,

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Your nurse friends will LOVE these cookies anytime – but especially during Nurse Appreciation Week!

By Kimberly C. Starr

I'm a ginger who loves reading, eating, being a nurse, spending time with my family, and writing about it all. I believe humor is the best medicine, followed very closely by chocolate and tacos. To read more about me, click here.