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Soft Sugar Cookies

Soft Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe

If you are craving a cookie to knock your socks off, look no further than these sugar cookies.

They seriously are the BEST sugar cookies around!

I love a good cookie. Depending on what type of cookie it is, the textures of it needs to vary.

For chocolate chip cookies, I like them ooey gooey soft.

For oatmeal cookies, I prefer them thin and crisp.

But for these sugar cookies? I honestly love them either way!

When I’m saying that these are the BEST sugar cookies, they are! They are melt in your mouth goodness that you literally can’t stop eating. (Trust me…that’s a good thing!)

With the holidays coming up, there’s no better time than now to perfect your sugar cookie baking skills.

This recipe will have you baking like a pro in no time and you’ll be granted the title “cookie queen/king” as well.

Wow your friends and family this season by bringing a plate, or two of these delicious sugar cookies to the next family function.

As soon as you set the plate down on the table, hands will be grabbing them left and right!

My tip? Bake an extra batch and leave them at home for you to enjoy later!

Soft Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe

 SUGAR COOKIES INGREDIENTS

To make these sugar cookies, you will need:

 ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR: 2 1/2 cups of flour. It’s super important to measure the flour correctly. Too much or too little flour can change the consistency of the cookie.

 BAKING SODA: 3/4 teaspoon baking soda. Make sure you baking soda is no more than 3 months old. If your using old baking soda, the cookies won’t rise properly and will be FLAT.

 BAKING POWDER: just one teaspoon of baking powder. Again, make sure your baking powder is not too old or your cookies will come out FLAT and spread!

 SALTED BUTTER: 1 cup ( 2 sticks) of salted butter. If you don’t have salted butter, I would add about 1/2-1 teaspoon of salt. Also, make sure your butter is at room temperature. If your butter is TOO WARM, it will also result in cookies that will SPREAD. So the best thing to do, is let the butter sit out on the counter for at least 1 hour before you start baking and it will be perfect!

 EGG YOLKS: you will need 3 egg yolks. It’s very important that you separate the egg yolks, this recipe will NOT turn out if you use 3 whole eggs.

 VANILLA EXTRACT: just one teaspoon.

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HOW TO MAKE SUGAR COOKIES

To make these Soft Sugar Cookies, simply:

PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

STEP 1: Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a medium size bowl. Set aside.

STEP 2: In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer, cream together the butter, and granulated sugar until combined.

STEP 3: Add egg yolks and vanilla extract.

STEP 4: Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX!

STEP 5: Using a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop, scoop dough into balls about 2 Tablespoons each, roll in sugar and place onto prepared baking sheet.

STEP 6: Bake for 15-18 minutes or until tops of cookies start to crack. Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before moving them to a wire rack. Let cool completely on wire rack.

Soft Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe

ADDITIONAL BAKING TIPS

DON’T OVERMIX THE DOUGH: With almost all my cookie recipes, I always make sure to remind you to not OVERMIX  the cookie dough. Meaning, when you mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, only mix them together until just combined…you should still see some flour in your mixing bowl.

HOW TO SCOOP THE PERFECT COOKIE:  I always use a 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop, each cookie dough ball has “2 scoops” of cookie dough, meaning that each cookie dough ball is 2 Tablespoons in size. In my opinion, this is the perfect sized cookie. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can use an ice cream scooper but you will only need 1 ice cream scoop of cookie dough.

And to make it super easier for you to learn how to scoop the perfect cookie, I created a step-by-step guide on How To Scoop The Perfect Cookie 

WANT TO MAKE SUGAR CUT-OUT COOKIES: If your looking to make cut-out cookies, here is my recipe for the BEST Cut-Out Cookies

VANILLA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING: These cookies are delicious plain but if you want to add frosting on top. Here is my recipe for the best Sugar Cookie Frosting

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BAKING TOOLS NEEDED

MIXER: I love my KitchenAid Mixer, I use it for everything. Makes baking so much easier!

BAKING SHEET: You will need a large 16×11 inch baking sheet.

SILICONE BAKING MAT OR PARCHMENT PAPER: If you don’t have a silicone baking mat…YOU NEED ONE!

Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

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CHEWY OATMEAL COOKIES

CHEWY OATMEAL COOKIES

SPRINKLE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
The BEST soft sugar cookies, melt in your mouth goodness that you literally can’t stop eating!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) SALTED butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for rolling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a medium size bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer, cream together the butter, and granulated sugar until combined.
  4. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract.
  5. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX!
  6. Using a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop, scoop dough into balls about 2 Tablespoons each, roll in sugar and place onto prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until tops of cookies start to crack. Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before moving them to a wire rack. Let cool completely on wire rack.

Notes

  • STORE: Cookies will stay fresh for up to 7 days in an airtight container, stored at room temperature.
  • FREEZING: Roll the dough into balls and place them in an airtight container. You can freeze the cookie dough for up to 2 months. To bake, place frozen cookie dough balls onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 16-18 minutes.

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86 comments on “Soft Sugar Cookies”

  1. Help! These are my favorite sugar cookies and I don’t see the butter listed in the recipe. What happened to the butter? I need this recipe before the holidays. I hope you’re still reading the comments here!

    • Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention! My website was recently updated and some of my recipes did not transfer over correctly. I’m in the process of going through ALL my recipes to make sure they are correct. So I appreciate you bringing this to my attention so I can fix the recipe ASAP!!!

  2. Loving all the tips and tricks to getting these perfect! I’ll be making a batch (or two or three) today!!

  3. These cookies are pillowy and perfect – so chewy, easy, and dreamy! These are my new go-to!

  4. These cookies sound amazing!! My kids would LOVE them!

  5. Our GO TO sugar cookie recipe!

  6. These look perfectly pillowy and delicious!

  7. 5 STARS!! I love my sugar cookies soft and fluffy, I wish I found this recipe years ago. I halved the recipe, & did not realize until writing this, that I still used 3 yolks instead of 1.5! Yet the cookies still came out so fluffy & melt in your mouth! So if you’re halving this, I think it’s safe to say you can use 2 egg yolks rather than go through the hassle of using half a yolk – LOL. I didn’t roll in sugar as I use frosting for mine. I literally can’t stop eating them! I wish I made the full batch now! 

  8. A trick I use when mixing the dry ingredients with the wet is using a spatula. Even though it takes more work and time it really helps to make sure you don’t over mix the dough. Thanks for the recipe it was delicious!

  9. Can you make this recipe with a sugar subitute for dietbetics??

  10. I can not believe I just made cookies that taste this good! Seriously the BEST sugar cookie recipe I’ve ever tried. These are awesome. Thank you so much! 

  11.  Is it OK to refrigerate the dough overnight? I was hoping to do so out of convenience and wanted to make sure the cookies would still turn out 

  12. Thank you 🙂

  13. Can I use this recipe to make Lemon Sugar Cookies? If so, how much lemon extract or lemon zest should I use? Thank you.

  14. Can i use the whole egg or yolk only?

  15. Made a batch this evening and WOW. We are adding this to our recipe box. So yummy and fluffy.

  16. I made these last night because I had a craving. I rolled half in a cinnamon / sugar combo for snickerdoodles. These cookies are so amazing I’m making another batch tonight with lemon flavoring. I love this recipe!

  17. I tried these for a girls Bible study early one morning. It was quick and easy and we tried them with cookie cutters. Great idea for needing a yummy great quick!

  18. These are soooo good! When I initially mixed the flour mixture to the wet, the consistency was really dry and crumbly. I just added an extra egg and the problem was solved! I live at a high altitude and some times have to tweak recipes to make them work way up here! I made these for my husbands pot luck tomorrow at work, but not before sneaking a couple for myself! 🙂

  19. Just made these! So amazing! Great recipe!

  20. I only have unsalted butter. can u give advise on how much salt to add since I do not have salted butter? thks

  21. A quick question! Do they come out soft or hard like crumbly?? I would like my cookie to be super soft, so how does this recipe come out? Or what should I add to make it soft? THANKS.

  22. I didn’t think a good sugar cookie recipe existed and most of them end up in the trash…Until I found this one.  Holy cow, these are absolute perfection!!!  So easy, and delicious.  You have made this 8.5 month preggo very happy. I ate 3 in a row.  Must….stop….

  23. Made these for our anniversary. My husband loved them! Thanks for the recipe!

  24. These are absolutely splendid! Although I did use .5 cup butter and .5 cup margarine (I had not thawed another stick of butter) . They came out perfect!  I will definitely be using this recipie again :-D. 

  25. Can u use shortening for part of the butter

  26. How well do they freeze and defrost?

  27. WOW, Making these now and they are wonderful!! Perfectly cracked on top.  I have tried many sugar cookie recipes, but my quest is over. This is THE sugar cookie for me! Thank you for sharing this recipe! Perfect!!!!!

  28. Can you freeze these soft sugar cookies once they are baked?

  29. This recipe is so great! It was easy to make and the cookies taste amazing! I love them and my family loves them!

  30. This recipe is so good and it looks cool as iam about too make them with my family nefuw and niece when they get out off school for their afternoon snack slash evening snack I love baking when it comes too it as well baking can be my fravortie as well .

  31. Where did I go wrong…I followed the recipe to the exact details…  I found the mixture hard to mix. The balls were hard to make , the mixture was falling out of my hands.
    Hopefully my efforts with these cookies won’t end up in the garbage.

    • If the mixture is hard to mix, that might mean that your butter wasn’t soft enough. If the butter is too cold it will not evenly mix into the dough causing the dough to be dry/crumbly.

  32. This is the best sugar cookie recipe on the internet. I have tried many that turned out pretty gross. Not these, every time I make these they come out perfect. Thank you for sharing these. Sugar cookies are my favorite cookies and now I can make them whenever I want. 

  33. Do you have to freeze or refrigerate these cookies to make them

  34. Ok.. I have no parchment Or silicone baking mats.. Will these stick to an ungreased baking sheet? 

  35. After you roll the sugar cookie ball in sugar, do you press the cookie into the hockey puck shape and then bake? Or do you leave them in the ball shape? 

  36. What if i use unsalted butter?

  37. These cookies are perfect. PERFECT. I’m not even interested in trying any other sugar cookie recipes.  Thank you!

  38. Can these be made with jam in the middle?

  39. should these be rolled in sugar after being cooled, or before baking?
    recipe does not say.

  40. Wow! These turned out just amazing. 
    Although I did not use an electric beater, just put together a few forks and beat it up.
    So, I had to raise the temp in the oven to 190*C 
    Must try 

  41. These are my family’s all time favorite! I can’t wait to share these with two families from my church tonight to accompany a dinner I am delivering. The ULTIMATE comfort cookie. They fly off the plate when I make them! Thank you so much. 

  42. These are hands down the best sugar cookies I have ever had. I do a lot of baking and I hold my cookies to a high standard, and these certainly upheld my expectations. They are buttery, light, chewy, and super flavorful. They are so good they don’t even need to be frosted.  The perfect sugar cookie recipe! 

  43. Can I still roll these out and use cookie cutters?

  44. Omg! I am not a master baker, it’s much more finicky than cooking. I tried several other sugar cookie recipes before I found this one. I DID IT!!! They are a true sugar cookie in my opinion. They are just what I needed for my sons’ s cookie station for his birthday party! Thanks from me & my tummy!

  45. Made these to feed my monthly beast(PMS)  and they hit the spot! Sweet and FLUFFY!  just what I was craving. Just enough butter to be melt in your mouth and even though I left off the additional sugar coating it was sweet enough to do the job.  Thank you for the simple recipe! 

  46. Tried this recipe with white chocolate chips and craisins, it turned out AMAZING. Definitely the best sugar cookie recipe ever!!

  47. I tried these and they were delicious! I added orange blossom water and cardamom to flavour them, and now these are definitely going on my Christmas baking list! Thank you for a wonderful addition to my repertoire 🙂

  48. I just made these. So delicious! I’m so glad you said to start checking at 12 minutes because mine were definitely done then. 

  49. So easy especially since there is no chilling & rolling out.  Very flavorful! Thank you for the recipe!

  50. These cookies came out perfect! Soft, puffy, not overly sweet, perfect! Thank you!!

  51. love!!!!

    I did a 1/2 of this recipe as I was really juat wanting a cookie lol. 
    I used unsalted butter and added 1/4 tsp of salt and I am moving and my vanilla is at the other place so I used the same amount of maple syrup in its place.

    These taste great!! They are not overly sweet like most sugar cookies. The buttery flavor comes through nicely! Mine dont look plump and adorable like yours but thats okay ;).
    These are going into my favorites book! Thanks 

  52. Baked ’em and LOVED ‘EM!!!
    Easy peeezy n oh so delicious! 

  53. These DO look absolutely perfect Jenn! All that pretty sugar on top has me swooning. I’m guessing the Super Bowl is probably another one of your “excuses” to make them, and I so wish I could be there to try one! 🙂 Pinned!

  54. You can’t go wrong with sugar cookies! Yum!

  55. Ohhh I bet these just melt in your mouth! They look to die for!

  56. These cookies look absolutely wonderful!  Covered with some delicious frosting, I would love to sink my teeth into one right now!  

  57. Everyone needs a perfect sugar cookie recipe in their arsenal, and these look perfect!

  58. You should name these = Pillow of ultimate bliss!

  59. Soft sugar cookies are the comfort food of desserts, aren’t they? These look amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  60. These look marvelous. I love that you don’t have to roll the out! 

  61. Oooh, I love soft sugar cookies. They look amazing!

  62. When I saw these on Instagram, I had to head over and see what they were all about.  They look insanely amazing!

  63. These are seriously the most delicious looking sugar cookies I’ve ever seen! My oldest’s favorite cookies are sugar cookies just like these. Totally going to make these for him – pinned!

  64. These look like fluffy pillows of cookie love! Beautiful pix!

  65. I love sugar cookies! These look just perfect!

  66. Sugar cookies are the best! Especially super thick and soft ones like these! They look awesome Jenn. Definitely making soon for my sugar cookie loving fam 🙂

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