Overhead shot of a cooling rack full of holiday sugar cookies.

Super Soft Sugar Cookies

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!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword holiday sugar cookies, powdered sugar icing, soft sugar cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
Calories 330 kcal
Author Sue Ringsdorf


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:

  1. In a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugars together. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix again.

  2. 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.

  3. Form the dough into approximately 16 balls. Refrigerate for at least two hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  5. 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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Nutrition Facts
Super Soft Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 152mg7%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 427IU9%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.