SOFT Sugar Cookies

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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.

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I LOVE homemade cookies, and especially 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 (If you’ve never had a cookie with a hint of almond extract, you haven’t truly lived.)

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 to make them for different events and/or wedding receptions. They’re really just that good. In my opinion, the reason this cookie recipe is so good is because it meets all of my above requirements. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure these cookies turn out nice and soft:

  • When making your dough, do not handle it too much. Over-mixing the dough can make it tough.
  • Roll out the dough to about 3/8″ thick. Thinner dough will cook too fast, making crunchy cookies.

Homemade Sugar Cookies3/8 inch thickness is perfect!!

Make sugar cookies by creaming together the butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and almond extract in a large bowl. Mix until fluffy. In another 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 onto a floured surface to about 3/8″ thick. Cut with a cookie cutter and bake for 8-10 minutes.

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Sugar Cookie Frosting recipe

Everyone has different preferences on their sugar cookie icing. 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!!

Sugar Cookie Frosting

How to store sugar cookies

We recommend placing them in an air-tight container (after the frosting has set) and keep them on the counter. They should last for up to 4-5 days. You can extend this by a day or two with putting them in the fridge.

Can sugar cookies be frozen?

If you’re planning on freezing your cookies, try to freeze them before you add the frosting. They’ll hold up better unfrosted. Either way, stack them in an airtight container separated by sheets of wax paper. They should stay good for up to 3 months.

What to do when sugar cookie dough is too dry?

If your dough is literally crumbling apart and cracking as you try to roll it, the best thing to do is sprinkle on small amounts of water (water is least likely to change the form of the cookie dough as it bakes) and knead it in until the dough stops breaking. Be careful to not overdo it and make it gooey!

What to do when sugar cookie dough is too sticky?

Make sure you use proper techniques when measuring out your flour so that you get the correct amount that the recipe calls for. If you need to add extra flour, sprinkle in small amounts at a time, until you get the right consistency.

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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5 from 21 votes

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
Author Kristyn Merkley



  • 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 โ…œ 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!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and Iโ€™m the mom of SIX stinkinโ€™ cute kids and the wife to my smokinโ€™ hot hubby, Lo. My momโ€™s maiden name is Luna, and Iโ€™m one of the many crafty โ€œLilโ€™ Lunasโ€ in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that you don’t specify when to add the egg and extract in the directions. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 5 stars
    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. (:

  8. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. 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!!!

      1. 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!

  9. 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?

  10. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 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!

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

    1. 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.

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

  14. 5 stars
    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.

  15. 5 stars
    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!!

  16. 5 stars
    I love sugaR cookies! These are soft and so good with the frosting. They may take a little more time because you have to roll them out but definetly worth the Effort.

  17. 5 stars
    This recipe has never steared US wrong. And we love the cream cheese frosting. These sugar cookies taste like a true Bakery style cookie. Not sure we’ll ever use another recipe again!

  18. 5 stars
    I never have luck with sugar cookies, but with this recipe i did!!! They are so soft and they taSte deliCious!!! We will make again for sure!!!

  19. I made these cookies today and they are wonderful!! The only problem i had was when i went to cut the cookies out with my cute christmaS cookie Cutters, they wouldnโ€™t stay together. Its alMost as if the dough wasnโ€™t hard enough. Any pointers?

  20. 5 stars
    I made these cookies with my son for xmas and they are delicious! I did have one question though. We didn’t use all the icing when we did the cookies and I was wondering how long the icing would last in the fridge before I would have to make more?

  21. 5 stars
    Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! Sugar cookies are the next best thing. These are incredibly soft and have a hint of almond. They take a little more to make but are so worth it.

  22. 5 stars
    I was just telling my mom ive only made sugar cookIes twice in 12 years (i have deprived children) beCause they take so long, but this Recipe was quick and yummy. Thanks for sharing.