SOFT Sugar Cookie Recipe

Cookies · Desserts · Recipes · October 20, 2017

Our ALL-TIME FAVORITE Sugar Cookie recipe!! They are always so soft and have the best, creamy frosting with hints of almond. YUM!

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 Soft Sugar Cookie 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  was so nervous to try this recipe. It was probably because they were just so perfect and I didn’t know if I could match my mom’s sugar cookie making skills. Having said that, I knew I wanted to master this recipe and can proudly say I’ve made them several times now and they’ve always turned out. I’m finally confident in my sugar cookie making skills, and it makes me so happy because I get SO many compliments every time I make this delicious recipe. You just need to try them yourself because I think you’ll love them, and I think you’ll never want to try another sugar cookie recipe. 🙂

Our ALL-TIME FAVORITE SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE!! They are always so soft and have the best, creamy frosting with hints of almond. YUM!

3/8 inch thickness is perfect!!

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Our ALL-TIME FAVORITE SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE!! They are always so soft and have the best, creamy frosting with hints of almond. YUM!

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Soft Sugar Cookie recipe

I could seriously eat a dozen of these sugar cookies! They are just so soft, so flavorful and so delicious! I highly recommend these cookies and would love to get your feedback. 😉

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Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe

Our ALL-TIME favorite Sugar Cookie recipe!! They are always so soft and have the best, creamy frosting with hints of almond. Everyone loves these delicious sugar cookies.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Calories 3512 kcal



  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 375.

  2. Cream butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and almond 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. Let cool.
  7. Make frosting by mixing all ingredients with hand mixer. If too thick, add a tad more milk. Frost cookies and ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3512 Calories from Fat 1287
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 143g 220%
Saturated Fat 86g 430%
Cholesterol 473mg 158%
Sodium 1879mg 78%
Potassium 557mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 537g 179%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 399g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 95.3%
Calcium 26.7%
Iron 50.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Our ALL-TIME FAVORITE SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE!! They are always so soft and have the best, creamy frosting with hints of almond. YUM!

Recipe Notes:

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

For another great frosting recipe that includes cream cheese, here is our other favorite…



  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • milk, if needed


  1. To make frosting cream together ½ cup butter (softened), ½ cup cream cheese (softened), pinch of salt, ½ tsp. vanilla, ½ tsp. almond extract, and food coloring until creamy.
  2. Mix in 4 cups powdered sugar until well blended. If too thick, add a little milk.
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    I am drooling JUST A LITTLE!! I WANT a sugar cookie!!!


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

    Angie Arbuckle

    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.


    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!


    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.


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


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

    The Hills

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


      Where does it even say 3oz.?..I think the whole 8oz pkg

    Just Crafty Today

    These look yummy! I am a new follower!


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

    Juniel Bingham

    Did you Refrigerate the dough before rolling it out?

    Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

    I have been wanting to try cream cheese dough cookies, they sound so good!
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    Life In Yellow

    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!

    Rachel @ Family Ever After

    Amen to the almond extract! You have good taste 🙂 Pinning these!
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    Yum, yum, yum. I haven’t had sugar cookies in awhile. I might try this recipe next!

    Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

    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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    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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    Nina Parrish

    This is so cute and colorful. My kids would surely love to eat on these soft sugar cookies.
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    i’ve been dying to make these, but how many cookies does the recipie make?

      Lil' Luna

      I think it makes 2 dozen… but it all depends on the size of the cookie cutter you use. 🙂

    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.


    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?

    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!


    que niñas más lindas, que pinta tienen todas tus recetas, tus fotos!!!waw…. un beso desde España!! 🙂
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      Lil' Luna

      Gracias! Creo que es muy bueno hay personas en Espana que vienen a mi blog. 🙂


    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.

    Katie Adams

    You can never go wrong with sugar cookies! They look delicious!
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      Lil' Luna

      Oh, they are delicious, Katie! If you love sugar cookies, you’ll love this recipe – my FAV!


    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. (:

      Lil' Luna

      This recipe is an all-time favorite!! And we are HUGE fans of soft sugar cookies. 😀 Glad your family liked them!


    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! 🙂

      Lil' Luna

      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!!!


        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!

          Lil' Luna

          Whoops – you’re right. That’s a typo – it’s 8 oz. cream cheese. 😉


    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?


    Can you substitute creamcheese with anything else?


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


      You would add these after you cream the sugar, cream cheese and butter.Before the flour.


    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. 🙂


    Do you use self rising flour in the soft sugar cookie recipe or plain flour??


    These look so good. I do have a question though. Would it be ok to double the vanilla and not use the almond extract in case someone can not have it? Thank you so much!

      Lil' Luna

      I personally haven’t done that, so I’m not sure if that would make it too vanilla-y or not. I wish I could say. I do love vanilla though!


    About how many cookies does this recipe yield?

      Lil' Luna

      I guess it depends on how big you make them. You can get 2 dozen or more. Hope that helps! Hope you also like this recipe!


    Looking forward to your recipes


    Is there a way to pin this sugar cookie recipe?

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