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Soft Sugar Cookies

4.55 from 242 votes
Made with the usual sugar cookie ingredients, it's the special ratio that turns them into my dreamy Soft Sugar Cookies!

Hi Bold Bakers!

If you’ve been on a search for a recipe for a bakery-style soft sugar cookie, search no more! There’s something really special about mastering a classic and my Soft Sugar Cookies recipe has got all techniques to make your sugar cookie soft just the way you want it.

Decorated to the nines with colored frosting, and of course a mix of fun rainbow sprinkles, these cookies are perfect for all kinds of celebrations!

What makes makes my Soft Sugar Cookies so soft?

There are just a few tweaks that take sugar cookies from crisp to super soft. Just like all baked goods, these cookies are made with the same ingredients as other sugar cookies: butter, flour, sugar, egg and baking powder, but in a slightly different ratio.

[ Prefer a sugar cookie that’s crispier? Try my Best Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe! ]

What makes these cookies incredibly soft is the amount of butter, which adds rich flavor, and the use of 2 eggs. Using more egg than your average sugar cookie, or shortbread recipe, makes these cookies have a tender bite. The cookies are made quickly in one bowl and bake for only 10 minutes, which means these cookies are a breeze to make.

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How to Frost Sugar Cookies

A sugar cookie is great on its own, but what Soft Sugar Cookies to the next level is frosting or the icing.

Made of powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and butter, this frosting is made specifically for super soft sugar cookies. It stays thick and malleable thanks to the butter, and this makes them perfect for swirling atop the cookies using a butter knife or offset spatula. After frosting, I top them with sprinkles. Optional? Yes. But just look at them and tell me if it’s really a choice!

Also, the frosting will set over time and harden on the outside — but the inside will still be soft, perfectly complementing the texture of the cookie itself.

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How long do sugar cookies last?

My cookies keep really well covered in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days. These make the most lovely gift or party favors, but once you give them a try they will also surely become a staple in your repertoire!

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Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

4.55 from 242 votes
Made with the usual sugar cookie ingredients, it's the special ratio that turns them into my dreamy Soft Sugar Cookies!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 30
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Made with the usual sugar cookie ingredients, it's the special ratio that turns them into my dreamy Soft Sugar Cookies!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 30

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (6oz/170g) butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (6oz/170g) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/4 cups (11 1/4oz/319g) all-purpose flour

Icing:

  • 2 1/2 cups (10oz/287g) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • pink food coloring
  • 4 tablespoons mixed sprinkles

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350°F (180°C), then line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. 
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar until pale and fluffy. 
  • Next, add the eggs and vanilla and mix until just combined. 
  • Stir in salt, baking powder and flour and mix until a dough is formed. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour*. At this point the dough can also be frozen to be baked off at a later date. 
  • After 1 hour, roll the cookies into 1 tablespoon balls. Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet and press down to create a 1/4 inch thick cookie.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. 
  • While the cookies are baking make the icing: Using a whisk, combine the powdered sugar, butter, milk and vanilla until you have a smooth thick icing. Color the icing with a few drops of food coloring then mix until even in color. 
  • Using a small offset spatula frost the cookies then scatter over sprinkles. Allow to set for about 30 minutes.
  • Once set, cover and store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

Recipe Notes

*Chilling: don't skip this step! Chilling helps the cookies retain shape, and further helps with flavor and texture. In fact, chill for longer if you can!

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Sweet Pea
Sweet Pea
1 year ago

I made these the other day and smuggled them into the movie theater with me. Perfectly soft so no crunchy sounds to give me away during the movie. Delicious!

Margie
Margie
8 months ago

Tip from the pros: Wait until after you chill the dough for 1 hour before you preheat your oven.

Odette
Odette
1 year ago

Perhaps you need to read the direction all the way to the end, before you turn the over on.

Pam Nelson
1 year ago

I want to try these cookies but use a lemon glaze instead of icing. Any suggestions?

Bobbi
10 months ago

Hi, I’m the one that added more flour because the dough was so gooey… I refrigerated the dough over night. It could’ve been filled out but I doubt it would’ve kept it’s shape??? Idk?? The cookie tasted really good but it must have lots of sugar sprinkles or frosting…it is too dry by itself! I baked them at 350 for 8 minutes in my oven, and my oven seems to always run a bit hot. I made balls then mashed with the bottom of a glass. I made small cookies about 1/2″ thick at most. Cooked till barely starting to… Read more »

Lola WS
Lola WS
9 months ago

Made these cookies and they are literally the BEST thing that’s ever happened to me. Doubled your batch and my family ate them all within a couple hours. 100% recommend!!!

Mickey
Mickey
1 year ago

For my family these were not sugar cookies, you couldn’t really taste the “sugar”flavor..

Has
Has
2 months ago

Such a great recipe. I was craving the lofthouse cookies and this turned out to be exactly like them !!! Like wow. Super easy recipe, and tasted so soft and so delish. Will definitely make them again !!

EstellaBella
9 months ago

me and my sister just made these the other day and they are awesome, just the right amount of sugar so when you frost them they aren’t to sweet. Also my dad usually hates sugar cookies but he loves these.

Reese Pieces
5 months ago

They were soooooo gooooood OMG

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