I love soft sugar cookies. That is one treat I have NO control of. If you are looking for an easy sugar cookie recipe, you have got to try these cookies.
Sugar cookies are a classic. With this soft sugar cookie recipe it is super simple, just roll and ice and their good to go.
Thick and soft sugar cookies are the best type of sugar cookies. These soft and chewy sugar cookies are a crowd pleaser around the holidays.
While this recipe isn’t meant for cookie cutters our Santa Sugar Cookies or our Delicious Soft Sugar Cookies are great for designing the perfect Christmas cookies. You could also mix it up a little bit and try these cute Reindeer Sugar Cookies Recipe.
What do you need to make chewy soft sugar cookies?
Soft sugar cookie ingredients:
- Softened butter
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Baking powder
- All-purpose flour
- Powdered sugar
We made our sugar cookies with unsalted butter, but you can make it with salted butter as well.
With this dough, you can even make it ahead of time (a day or two) and keep it covered in the fridge until you are ready to make them. If you haven’t made the dough in that time, wrap it up tight, put it in a freezer bag and freeze it. When you want to make them, just pull out the froze dough and thaw then roll and bake them.
You can even make the cookies and keep them in an airtight container and freeze them.
This super soft sugar cookies recipe is also able to be doubled if you are looking to bring these delicious cookies to a party or giving them out as gifts to friends and family. Without doubling the recipe you will get around 36 cookies.
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Tips to make the best soft sugar cookies with frosting like the store:
- Use a sheet of parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper use a silicone baking mat.
- Chill the cookie dough in the fridge for at least an hour before baking the sugar cookies.
- Pull cookies from the cookie sheet after taking them out of the oven to stop the baking process.
- If you are wanting pure white frosting you might want to consider getting clear vanilla flavor extract as the regular vanilla extract will tint the color of the frosting.
How to make super soft sugar cookies:
Begin by creaming together the softened butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. After the butter and sugar are completely mixed together, add in the eggs and vanilla until they are well combined.
Next, you will need to add in the salt, baking powder, and flour and mix everything together until they are incorporated completely. Then cover the dough with plastic wrap and move it to the refrigerator for at least one hour. This lets the relax and stops the dough from spreading while baking.
When you are ready to start baking the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or your silicone mat.
Take the dough out of the refrigerator and roll the dough into small 1-inch balls and then flatten them with the bottom of a drinking glass until the cookie reaches about a ¼-inch thick repeat this until the sheets are full and your dough is gone.
You could also roll them out and cut them into shape. You will want to spread about 2 Tablespoons of flour on a flat surface to do this.
Put the cookie sheet in the oven and bake the sugar cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the bottoms begin to brown slightly. Move the cookies to a cooling rack and let them cool completely.
While you’re waiting for the cookies to cool completely, begin to make your frosting.
Use either a stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat together the powdered sugar and butter until you achieve a creamy texture. Then, mix in the vanilla and milk until they are smooth.
You can use water if you do not have any milk as well. But, the frosting will not be quite as creamy.
Use food coloring to add to the frosting if you want to! Then frost the cooled sugar cookies with frosting and top with sprinkles of your choice if you desire it.
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- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 Tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 Tablespoons milk
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
- Mix in eggs and vanilla until combined.
- Add salt, baking powder and flour and mix until well incorporated.
- Cover dough bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for one hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Roll cookies into 1-inch balls and flatten with the bottom of a drinking glass until 1/4-inch thick.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly golden brown on the bottom.
- Let cool completely.
- In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, beat together powdered sugar and butter until creamy. Mix in vanilla and milk until smooth.
- Frost cooled cookies with frosting and top with sprinkles, if desired.