Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

I LOVE Sugar Cookies!

But, I’m also kinda picky about them…

They cannot be crunchy.

They have to be super SOFT!

Frosting to Cookie Ratio needs to be spot on.

Almond extract in the recipe is a MUST!!

Fortunately, my mudda (mom) makes the BEST Sugar Cookies recipe and takes care of those requirements listed above.

(They are so good that people are constantly asking my mom to make these for their wedding receptions – true story!)

Now, I’m pretty good about being up for trying new recipes and experiments, but for some reason I am still a little nervous to try these beauties. With that in mind, I asked my mom to help with a tutorial for today, but I’m thinking I can do it on my own now that I have a pic by pic tutorial. :)

I’m telling you, my friends…I LOVE this Soft Sugar Cookies recipe!

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{LOVE this pic of Gav and my mom!!}


– 1/3 cup butter (softened)

– 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar

– 1/4 cup milk

– 1/2 tsp. vanilla

– 1/2 tsp. almond extract

– food coloring


Mix with hand mixer. If too thick, add a tid more milk.

{NOTE: 1 batch of frosting is enough for 2 batches of cookie dough}

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{This recipe was first posted in January 2011}

Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 2¾ cup flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  1. Preheat oven o 375.
  2. Cream butter, cream cheese and sugars in large bowl (or Kitchen-Aid) until fluffy.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Stir until soft dough forms
  5. Roll out and cut with cookie cutter. Thin dough will make crunchy cookies. If you want soft dough, it needs to be about ⅜ in. {NOTE: Try not to handle the dough too much}
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes on greased pan.


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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 7 to 6 months) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.

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  1. 1

    I am drooling JUST A LITTLE!! I WANT a sugar cookie!!!

  2. 2

    I'm going to have to try these. I feel the same way about sugar cookies– the softer, the better.

  3. 3

    I have not tried this recipe, but if what you are going to make is just round cookies as shown, you can also roll the dough into a log as big around as you want your cookies, wrap it in saran wrap and throw it in the fridge for a few hours or over night. Then just slice and bake as usual. It avoids the too much handling issue, which can make them harder, and cooking straight from fridge cold seems to make them softer too.

  4. 4

    I completely agree with you about a little almond extract in the dough. It makes all the difference. My recipe is really similar and turns out soft and delicious as well.Here's a link in case you want to take a peek: for the recipe. I'll try this one with my valentine cookies!

  5. 5

    Those look wonderful; just like the ones I see in the store that I can't have because of allergies. I'll tuck this recipe away. Thanks.

  6. 6

    Yum! I'll have to try those. I've never tried making a recipe with cream cheese and it sounds delish!

  7. 7

    these look so good. hopefully I can find a second to try them out

  8. 8

    Is it an entire package of cream cheese or just 3oz of a package?

  9. 9

    These look yummy! I am a new follower!

  10. 10

    YUM!!! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try these.

  11. 11

    Did you Refrigerate the dough before rolling it out?

  12. 12

    I have been wanting to try cream cheese dough cookies, they sound so good!
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  13. 13

    I was smiling along with your “requirements” for cookies – I couldn’t agree more! I am totally intrigued by the soft mat it looks like you are rolling out your dough on – can you enlighten me as to what that is and where I can buy one? I usually roll out right on my counters but this looks like something I need!

  14. 14

    Amen to the almond extract! You have good taste :) Pinning these!
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  15. 15

    Yum, yum, yum. I haven’t had sugar cookies in awhile. I might try this recipe next!

  16. 16

    Ialso have to have them soft….i may just try this…i never make them b/c they are never up to my standards! Interesting that your mom rolls them out onto a cloth instead of the table. They look nice and thick from the start–another good reminder!
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  17. 17

    I love your recipe! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind The Curtain and share it with us?
    Thanks, I hope to see you there! ~Sheryl~
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  18. 18

    This is so cute and colorful. My kids would surely love to eat on these soft sugar cookies.
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  19. 19

    i’ve been dying to make these, but how many cookies does the recipie make?

  20. 21
    Frances O'Neal :

    I also agree with adding almond extract. It makes all the difference. Almond extract added to angel food cake mix makes a huge difference also.

  21. 22

    I’m not sure if you’ve already answered this, but is it just 3 oz. of cream cheese, or do you use the whole 8 oz. block?

  22. 23
    Delina Wille :

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that you don’t specify when to add the egg and extract in the directions. :) I am sure it is right after you cream the butter and sugars but I thought I would let you know! These look soo yummy- we are going to try them this afternoon! Hope you have a great day!

  23. 24

    que niñas más lindas, que pinta tienen todas tus recetas, tus fotos!!!waw…. un beso desde España!! :)
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  24. 26

    Cream cheese usually comes in 8 oz. packages. Do we use the whole package or just 3 ounces? Thanks. I’d love to make these with my kids.

  25. 27

    You can never go wrong with sugar cookies! They look delicious!
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  26. 29

    I made these for my family last night. They turned out great! They were so soft. The icing was great too, I made mine purple. (:

  27. 31

    Hi, thanks for this recipe! I want to make these for Easter this weekend and had two questions: Does the dough need to be refrigerated (and for how long if so) and does it have to be rolled out or could I just drop them onto a cookie sheet? If you had time to answer, that would be great!! Thanks! :)

    • 32

      For this particular recipe I recommend rolling out (and not too think… 3/8″ is usually perfect)… I do have a recipe for Drop Sugar Cookies but have not posted that yet. And this recipe does not need to be refrigerated. Good luck!!!

      • 33

        I’m making these cookies with a group and have to ask if the cream cheese amount is just a misprint? Your recipe is recommending “1 package (3oz) cream cheese (softened)”, but cream cheese is usually sold in an 8oz package. They’ll be part of a Get-Well Soon package… I’m going to try the recipe with 8oz first and hope for the best. Thank you for sharing!

  28. 35

    Hi there I just made these cookies and they are ao sticky that I can even touch them with out it sticking on my fingers :/ should I add more flour?

  29. 36

    Can you substitute creamcheese with anything else?

  30. 38

    At what part in the directions do you add the egg and almond extract?

  31. 40

    Just saw the recipe for the soft sugar cookies, my son loves the ones you can get in the grocery store, but a little expensive. So now I can make them for him :). I do have a question, when do you add the egg and the almond extract? Thanks again for a delicious looking recipe. Have a wonderful day. :)

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