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!
Keyword: holiday sugar cookies, powdered sugar icing, soft sugar cookies
Author: Sue Ringsdorf
For the cookies:
1cupunsalted butter- softened to room temperature
1largeegg- at room temp
2 1/3cupsall-purpose flour- plus maybe one more tablespoon
1teaspooncream of tartar
For the icing
2Tablespoonsunsalted butter- melted
3Tablespoonshalf and half- or milk
3-4cupspowdered 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.