These Super Soft Sugar Cookies are cake-like, with a super soft crumb and a delicious powdered sugar frosting. This classic recipe is perfect for any holiday, and will become your go-to cookie. Seriously the BEST!
Norma Jean (my mother) made the best sugar cookies. She kept a large container in the freezer during the holidays, and we loved eating them cold on any given whim. Recently, while making her Chewy Sugar Cookies, I decided to tweak it slightly and ended up with these super SOFT sugar cookies. So I’m sharing them with you today, so you can make them for the upcoming holidays.
These cookies are so many things.
- super soft
- thick and buttery
- with the perfect powdered sugar frosting!
Ingredients needed for Super Soft Sugar Cookies:
- Butter – Use unsalted butter so you can control the salt. Set the butter out on the counter so it is at room temperature when you mix it in with the sugars.
- Brown Sugar – Helps set these apart from regular sugar cookies. The brown sugar helps to make them SOFT.
- White Sugar – Using a combo of brown and white sugars creates the best taste.
- Eggs – Using one room temperature egg is best.
- Vanilla – We like to use the Watkins Vanilla, just like Norma Jean did.
- Flour – Use all-purpose flour for these sugar cookies.
- Baking Soda – The leavener needed to make these thick.
- Cream of Tarter – This ingredients is ALWAYS used in sugar cookies, as well as snickerdoodles!
- Salt – Use just 1/2 teaspoon of salt in this cookie dough.
How to make the BEST Super Soft Sugar Cookies:
- Cream the butter and sugar. In a large standing mixer, mix the butter and sugars together until very creamy. If the butter isn’t at room temperature, it’s important to wait until it is.
- Add the wet. Then add the room temperature egg and vanilla, and mix well.
- Mix the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients – the flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt.
- Pour the dry into the wet. Carefully pour the dry ingredients into the mixer, and combine with the wet until just combined. Don’t over-mix!
- Cool the dough. Spoon the dough into a separate container, or roll into balls first, and store in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or more.
- Bake. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough into balls, and place on baking sheet – about 8 at a time. Bake for approximately 12 minutes, and then repeat for the remaining cookies.
- Cool. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheets for a few minutes before removing carefully to a cooling rack.
How to make the icing for sugar cookies:
- Melt the butter in a medium mixing bowl. Add vanilla, half and half, and then gradually add powdered sugar until you have the right consistency. You may need more powdered sugar if it’s too thin, or more half and half if it’s too thick.
- Divide the icing into separate bowls – I usually just do two colors. Then add the food coloring according to what colors you prefer. Create some easy designs with a decorative kit if desired.
I’m not so much into fancy decorating, so I keep this part pretty minimal. But if that’s you’re thing, just go for it! Buy all the sprinkles and tools to make some fancy iced sugar cookies!
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do you make sugar cookies soft?
To make your sugar cookies soft, use a mixture of brown sugar and white sugar. Other ways include using an extra egg, adding a bit of oil with the butter, or using cornstarch. You can try any combination of above.
How do you store sugar cookies?
It’s best to store these on your counter in an airtight container. You can also store them in the freezer, but make sure you use parchment paper in between the cookies to prevent them from sticking together.
Can you freeze sugar cookies?
Yes, these sugar cookies can be frozen. For best results, freeze them before you add the icing. But you can freeze them after icing, and simply add layers of parchment paper in between the cookies to prevent sticking. You can also freeze the cookie balls, and just remove and bake the cookies fresh.
Cookie Baking Tools:
I use these baking sheets for this recipe, and this parchment paper fits perfectly. Cooling racks also come in handy. If decorating, use any piping kit to get fancy, or skip the trees and just spoon on some color. Have fun!
Make these holiday treats next: Homemade Gingerbread Loaf
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Super Soft Sugar Cookies
For the cookies:
- 1 cup unsalted butter - softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 large egg - at room temp
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour - plus maybe one more tablespoon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
For the icing
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter - melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 Tablespoons half and half - or milk
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar - or to right consistency
For the cookies:
- In a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugars together. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix again.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients - the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Pour the dry into the wet, and mix until just combined. Don't over-mix.
- Form the dough into approximately 16 balls. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place 8 cookie balls on baking sheet, spreading out evenly, and bake for 12-13 minutes, or until the top just starts to brown slightly. Remove cookies, let sit for 5 minutes, and then move to a cooling rack. Repeat for the other cookies.
For the icing:
- Make the icing. Melt butter in a mixing bowl. Add vanilla and half and half, and mix well. Then add powdered sugar gradually, until you get a good consistency. You want it to be easy to spread.
- Place the icing in two smaller bowls, and add food coloring. I used blue in one and green in the other. Add the icing to the cookies, and any design you prefer. Then add sprinkles.