Super Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe + Frosting

Super Soft Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting
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I have tried a lot of sugar cookie recipes in my day.  I have tried the one from my Betty Crocker cookbook.  I have tried the Lofthouse copycat recipe.  I have tried the recipes with sour cream.  But I always fall back on this recipe.  I got this from a great friend years ago, who used to have my little kids over to her house to decorate sugar cookies.  We have since moved apart from each other, but every time I make sugar cookies, I think of Lori and how much I love her.  So I guess this recipe also has a little sentiment for me.

I go back to them as my stand-by because they are soft and thick, and they keep their shape when using cookie cutters.

3 tips for making good sugar cookies:

  1. Chill the dough!  If you want the cookies to keep their shape, the dough needs to be chilled.  I would say at least 3 hours.  You can chill longer, even overnight.
  2. Roll it out thick.  I don’t like crunchy sugar cookies.  I like them soft and chewy.  So I make sure I roll them out with enough even thickness to keep them soft while baking.
  3. Watch them in the oven.  I always set my timer for 6 min, 30 sec so I can start watching them.  These cookies are about done in my oven at 7 minutes…. maybe a little longer.  But it depends on how thick your dough is, etc.  So just watch!  I don’t even wait for the edges to get brown.  The second I can see that they are turning a slight brown, I take them out.

*Super Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Using a mixer – mix butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla and almond extract until smooth.  Add dry ingredients.  Chill for 3-4 hours.  Roll dough out on floured surface to about 1/4″ thick.  Cut with cookie cutters and place on greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 7-9 minutes, or until just starting to brown.  Let cool for about a minute and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.   Cool completely before frosting. This recipe makes about 2 dozen large size cookies.

*Buttercream Frosting Recipe:

  • 5-6 T heavy cream
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 T butter
  • Dash of salt

Mix cream, butter and vanilla with mixers until blended.  Add powdered sugar and mix to desired consistency.  Add food coloring if you wish.   If you like a thicker frosting, add more powdered sugar.  If you want it a little less thick, add a little more cream.  I usually double this recipe to go along with the cookie recipe above.  You can never have too much frosting!  :)

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*These are a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day! Try them out and let us know what you think.

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I am a busy mom of 4 children, ages 10 down to 2. I love being a mom and spending time with my cute family. In my spare time (which doesn't seem to be often these days), I enjoying crafting, cooking, and being creative!

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