Soft Sugar Cookies

soft sugar cookiesSugar cookies!! These sugar cookies have to be my all-time favorite kind of cookie. They are thick, buttery, soft, chewy…amazing. They are really fun to make because you can decorate them with any frosting and sprinkles you want. This time I made them with cream cheese frosting, but I love making them with my vanilla frosting recipe as well. Unlike traditional sugar cookies, the dough for these does not need to be refrigerated. Don’t you hate waiting hours for the dough to be chilled? Also, these guys are super soft and fluffy…I personally like that better than thin, hard sugar cookies. Instead of frosting them, you can also roll the balls of dough in sugar before baking. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! XoXo

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Soft Sugar Cookies
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Type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • ⅓ cup shortening
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 and ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Frosting & sprinkles for decorating
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together shortening, butter and sugar in a standalone mixer or bowl with electric beaters.
  3. Add vanilla and egg and continue mixing on low for 1 minute.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together salt, baking powder and flour.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture while continuing to mix on low until everything is well blended.
  6. Use a cookie scooper or teaspoon to scoop out round balls of dough and drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes - use your finger to check if they are done by pressing lightly on a cookie, it should be a little firm when done.
  8. Cool completely before frosting and decorating.
  9. Keep at room temperature or chill in the refrigerator for a few days.

Makes 24 cookies

    Here is a photo from day 6 of me and Fabi’s vacation to the National Parks!

    Day #6: Lake Powell {Horseshoe Bend}

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    1. kitchenriffs says:

      These are terrific looking sugar cookies! Cream cheese frosting is really nice – and not something I’ve had recently. Nice topping for a great cookie!

    2. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

      I love sugar cookies and I love how fluffy yours look and the frosting is perfect! Like you my favorite frosting’s are cream cheese or vanilla! Wow, the picture of you at Horseshoe Bend is gorgeous! I love the background and the river!! Where is Horseshoe Bend?

    3. Laura Dembowski says:

      I love big, soft sugar cookies! These look outstanding, especially with that frosting and sprinkles. I love cookies that use shortening too. The pic from the park is awesome :)

    4. Mary says:

      WOW, just made these with my daughter and we loved them. We used your vanilla frosting on top. I love how fluffy these are! Great recipe, thanks.

    5. Erin Allmann says:

      sooooo you know those awful (but secretly so dang addictive) cookies from ralphs or albertsons or wherever that had thick frosting and sprinkles on top? and they were super soft and basically were all shortening and softness and the best thing ever even though they were awful at the same time? do you remember the cookies I’m talking about?? are these the much-better-but-equally-awesome homemade version of those? because they look like it. and they look awesome.

    6. Cynthia says:

      Hey there.. Recently found your page off Pinterest and I am thrilled with your cookie recipe. I have been delayed in making sugar cookies because of the refrigeration time, but NOW.. No need!! Thanks!! Also, the cookies are delicious!!!

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