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Soft Sugar Cookies

The BEST Sugar Cookies EVER! 

Soft Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe

These Soft Sugar Cookies are a staple at our house.

Soft. Chewy. With a perfect little crunch from the sugar on top of each cookies.

I literally find every excuse I can to make these cookies.

Birthdays…Holidays…Friday Nights….Monday Nights…Tuesday Nights…you get my point!

No matter what the occasion these soft sugar cookies are always my first choice to bring to a party and when I make them for my family they are pretty much gone that same day.

So if your looking for an easy to make, soft sugar cookies recipe, look no further. These sugar cookies are definitely a favorite and I hope that they become your families favorite too!

Soft Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe


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.

SCOOPING THE COOKIE DOUGH:  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

Soft Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe







Sprinkle Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies

Yield: 24 Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15-18 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

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  • 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


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.


* 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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77 Responses to “Soft Sugar Cookies”

  1. Nancy — May 18, 2018 at 5:27 pm

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

    • Jennifer — May 20th, 2018 @ 11:59 am

      Yes, you can! 🙂

  2. Taryn — December 13, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    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! 

  3. Sara — October 29, 2017 at 2:32 pm

     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 

    • Jennifer — November 1st, 2017 @ 10:39 am

      Yes, you can refrigerate the dough overnight! Enjoy! 🙂

  4. Rhonda — August 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you 🙂

  5. Rhonda — August 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

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

  6. Priscilla Martinez — February 17, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Can i use the whole egg or yolk only?

    • Jenn — March 23rd, 2017 @ 12:48 pm

      Egg yolk only! 🙂

  7. HEATHER — December 3, 2016 at 3:47 pm

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

  8. Erika — October 8, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    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!

  9. Margarita — September 3, 2016 at 11:12 am

    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!

    • Jenn — September 3rd, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

      So glad you liked them! 🙂

  10. Jerica — August 30, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    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! 🙂

  11. Lisa Petersen — August 30, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Just made these! So amazing! Great recipe!

  12. jody — August 18, 2016 at 9:59 am

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

    • Jenn — August 31st, 2016 @ 11:10 am

      No worries, you can add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

  13. Deniz — August 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    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.

    • Jenn — August 31st, 2016 @ 11:29 am

      These cookies come out super soft, enjoy! 🙂

  14. Shanna — July 31, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    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….

  15. Jaime — June 22, 2016 at 12:12 pm

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

  16. Jen — June 16, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    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. 

  17. Dana — June 16, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Can u use shortening for part of the butter

    • Jenn — June 16th, 2016 @ 1:40 pm

      Sure! 🙂 Enjoy!

  18. Connie — May 7, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    How well do they freeze and defrost?

    • Jenn — May 11th, 2016 @ 11:23 am

      They freeze and defrost VERY well, I have some in the freezer now! 🙂

  19. Katie — March 18, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    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!!!!!

  20. Diane — March 8, 2016 at 7:41 pm

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

    • Jenn — March 9th, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

      Yes, you can freeze them up to 2 months. Just make sure the cookies are COMPLETLY cooled before you put them in the freezer.

  21. Elle — March 6, 2016 at 5:44 pm

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

  22. Brian Jennings — February 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    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 .

  23. Susan Murphy Lajoie — February 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    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.

    • Jenn — February 15th, 2016 @ 12:40 pm

      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.

  24. Lynn — February 4, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    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. 

  25. Caroline — February 4, 2016 at 5:19 pm

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

    • Jenn — February 6th, 2016 @ 8:29 am

      Nope! 🙂

  26. Melanie — January 24, 2016 at 1:58 pm

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

    • Jenn — January 24th, 2016 @ 2:47 pm

      Yes, the cookies with stick to a I greased cookie sheet. I would spray your cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

  27. Amy — January 19, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    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? 

    • Jenn — January 20th, 2016 @ 12:18 pm

      Just keep them in the ball shape! 🙂

  28. Fulya — December 31, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    What if i use unsalted butter?

    • Jenn — January 4th, 2016 @ 1:18 pm

      You could use unsalted butter. 🙂

  29. Jo — December 23, 2015 at 3:50 am

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

  30. Tracy — December 22, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Can these be made with jam in the middle?

    • Jenn — December 22nd, 2015 @ 3:15 pm

      Yes! 🙂

  31. dana — December 3, 2015 at 11:34 am

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

    • Jenn — December 3rd, 2015 @ 1:34 pm

      Roll them in sugar before you bake them! 🙂

  32. Sneha Krishnan — December 2, 2015 at 7:04 am

    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 

  33. Cailey Jensen — November 10, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    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. 

  34. Rachel — November 1, 2015 at 11:06 am

    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! 

  35. Lacy — October 28, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Can I still roll these out and use cookie cutters?

  36. Amber — October 20, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    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!

  37. Mariah — October 15, 2015 at 1:26 am

    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! 

  38. Yasmine Barrios — August 29, 2015 at 5:47 pm

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

  39. C — August 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    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 🙂

  40. Carmen P — July 27, 2015 at 7:56 pm

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

  41. Marcia Schuffman — July 19, 2015 at 3:41 pm

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

  42. Vickie — July 3, 2015 at 9:36 pm

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

  43. Amanda — May 4, 2015 at 10:11 pm


    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 

  44. Deb — March 21, 2015 at 1:36 pm

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

  45. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — February 1, 2015 at 1:27 am

    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!

  46. Megan - The Emotional Baker — January 30, 2015 at 11:57 am

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

  47. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats — January 27, 2015 at 9:32 pm

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

  48. Erin {Delightful E Made} — January 27, 2015 at 8:01 pm

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

  49. Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife — January 27, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Yum! These look so good!

  50. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — January 27, 2015 at 9:50 am

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

  51. GiGi Eats — January 27, 2015 at 8:07 am

    You should name these = Pillow of ultimate bliss!

  52. Marye — January 27, 2015 at 7:42 am

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

  53. Kath Beyond the Chicken Coop — January 26, 2015 at 9:47 pm

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

  54. amanda @ fake ginger — January 26, 2015 at 9:30 pm

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

  55. Melanie | Melanie Makes — January 26, 2015 at 7:23 pm

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

  56. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy — January 26, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    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!

  57. Patricia @ Grab a Plate — January 26, 2015 at 6:23 pm

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

  58. Stephanie @ Back for Seconds — January 26, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I love sugar cookies! These look just perfect!

  59. Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar — January 26, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    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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