Soft Vanilla Cookies

One of my favorite things is the smell of cookies baking on a cold day! It brings back so many memories of when I was little and would help my Mom bake cookies while Christmas music played in the background.   My Mom usually isn’t particular about ingredients unless she is using vanilla.  One thing I do remember about my childhood is that she always had McCormick Vanilla Extract in her cupboard.  When I got older and started cooking myself I realized how much of a difference vanilla made! There is a reason McCormick’s is called America’s favorite vanilla!   I use it because the smell and flavor are just better than a generic brand, and it is all natural.  It is also the vanilla flavor I grew up with, and no one can beat Mom’s cooking!

These vanilla cookies are the perfect Christmas treat! They are the softest cookie you will ever make and they taste delicious! I gave them to the youth at my church and they were gone instantly! Hope you love them as much as we do!

Serves: 24

Soft Vanilla Sugar Cookies

15 minPrep Time

11 minCook Time

26 minTotal Time

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  • 3/4 cup of butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons McCormick Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour

  • Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons of milk


  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and granulated sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla until combined. Then add your salt, baking powder and flour. Mix until the batter is lump free.
  2. Cover and chill for at least one hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Roll cookies into balls and flatten a little. Try and make your cookies all the same size. (You could use a medium size cookie scoop also.)
  5. Bake for 10-11 minutes (check at 8 minutes and watch them) You want them a little golden brown on the bottom. Remove from cookie sheet about 1 minute after cooking them.
  6. When cookies have completely cooled, prepare frosting. In a medium bowl, beat together the powdered sugar and butter until creamy. Add vanilla and 1 Tbsp milk at a time until your frosting reaches desired consistency.
  7. Frost cookies and top with sprinkles. Let your frosting set. Once it is set, store in an air tight container.

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