SOFT Sugar Cookie Recipe

Cookies · Desserts · Recipes · October 20, 2017

Our ALL-TIME favorite Sugar Cookie recipe!! These homemade sugar cookies are so soft and have the best, creamy frosting with hints of almond. Everyone is obsessed with these delicious sugar cookies.

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

Best Sugar Cookie 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.
  • Hints of almond are always a must

Fortunately, my mom found the BEST Sugar Cookie recipe years ago and we’ve been making them ever since. In fact, they are so good that we get requests for them every year to make for different events and/or wedding receptions. They’re really just that good. And, in my opinion, the reason they are so good is because they are soft, have plenty of frosting and have hints of almond – all the factors that make for a delicious Sugar Cookie!


How to Make Sugar Cookies

How to Make Sugar Cookies

Since my mom had these cookies down to a science, I was always a little intimidated to try this recipe. I’m glad I got over that, because we make them all the time now. There are definitely some tips and tricks to make sure these cookies turn out nice and soft, but here are the main tips:

  • When making your dough, do not handle it too much.
  • Roll out the dough to about 3/8″ thick. Too thin of dough makes crunchy cookies.

To make these sugar cookies, start by creaming together the butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and almond in a large bowl, until fluffy. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until soft dough forms.

Roll out the dough to about 3/8″ thick and cut with a cookie cutter. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Homemade Sugar Cookies

3/8 inch thickness is perfect!!

Sugar Cookie Frosting

Everyone has different preferences on how they like their frosting. Some like cream cheese frosting, and one of our favorite’s is the one we use on our Carrot Cake recipe. Because there is cream cheese in the cookie recipe, we like this classic sugar cookie frosting, which includes:

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • almond extract
  • food coloring (optional)

To make the frosting, mix all the ingredients with a hand mixer. Add more milk until it’s the consistency you desire most. And you can add food coloring if you want to. Top it with some delicious jimmy sprinkles, and you’re set!!

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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5 from 2 votes

BEST 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 24
Calories 292 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
BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Potassium 46mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Sugars 33g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 7.9%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 4.2%
* 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.


      Going to try this because I do over roll when I make cutouts. Thanks : )


    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?

      Kristyn Merkley

      I know for me, if my cursor is over the picture, the PIN button will appear. You should be able to PIN any recipe 🙂


        Thanks. For some reason that doesn’t work on my phone but maybe it will on my desk top.


    For the sugar cookie icing, does it harden to where they can be stacked or placed in treat bags and not look smooshed?

      Kristyn Merkley

      They do hardened, but it doesn’t get hard, if that makes sense. I would definitely frost them in the morning or night before, depending on when you need to stack or put them in sacks.


    Do these cookies work well with Royal Icing? I have a good recipe but it dries out too quickly.

      Kristyn Merkley

      They should. I don’t usually do the royal icing, but I think they would be good 🙂

    Suzy Orr

    A hint I learned from my mother (who got it from her’s): Mix 1/2 powdered sugar and 1/2 flour to roll the cookie dough out on.


    I’m pretty particular about sugar cookies. They take too much time and effort UNLESS you’ve got a good recipe then it’s totally worth it. This recipe has quickly become my favorite: Valentines cookies, Christmas cookies, and just because they’re so good cookies.


    Sugar cookies are my favorite! I’ve never wanted to make them, because I hate when they need to be refrigerated or the recipe looks too difficult, but these were easy to make & so soft!! I am so glad I found this recipe!!

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