The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe

Cookies · March 20, 2017

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.

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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!

I LOVE Sugar Cookies!

But, I’m also kinda picky about them…

MY OTHER RECIPES
  • 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  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!!

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

How to Make Sugar Cookies:

Soft Sugar Cookies 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.
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 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
Frosting:
  • ⅓ cup butter (softened)
  • 4½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • food coloring
Instructions
  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!

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…

SUGAR COOKIE ICING:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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

DIRECTIONS:

  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.

Be sure to check out the Sugar Cookie BARS that we also love:

Sugar Cookie Bars

And for more Sugar Cookie creations check out:

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ENJOY!

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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Ashley

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

Jocelyn

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.

Dianna

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:http://doublebatch.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/santa-cookies/Thanks for the recipe. I'll try this one with my valentine cookies!

SnoWhite

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.

Amy

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

marissa

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?

Just Crafty Today

These look yummy! I am a new follower!

Amy

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!

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!

Myndie

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!

Sheryl

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~ http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=33671

Nina Parrish

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

Kirsten

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.

Michelle

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!

Conguicupcake

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

    Lil' Luna

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

Michelle

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!

    Lil' Luna

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

Kate

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!

Shannon

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!!!

      Shelly

      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. 😉

Courtney

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?

kathy

Can you substitute creamcheese with anything else?

Amanda

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

    Kathryn

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

Joann

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. 🙂

Debbie

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

Maggie

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!

Sammy

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!

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