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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. They can’t be beat!

Sugar cookies are our all-time favorite cookie!! If you feel the same, you’ll love our Sugar Cookie Bars and No Roll Sugar Cookies.

Bite taken out of Frosted Sugar cookie on cake stand.

so soft and so good!

I LOVE homemade cookies, and especially frosted sugar cookies, but I’m very picky about how they should be:

  • 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 the entire family is obsessed. Here’s why:

  • So soft! They really are so soft, which is one of our requirements for an amazing sugar cookie.
  • Very Simple. This recipe comes together in a cinch, PLUS – there’s no need to chill, which makes them even easier (and quicker).
  • Easy to change up. Flavoring can be changed (include almond, no almond, more vanilla, less vanilla) as well as flavored frostings. Also change it up for holidays like Easter and Christmas with colored frosting and sprinkles.
  • Great for parties! We love to have cookies made in advance and let kids (and adults) frost and decorate them. This is great all year, but especially for holidays.
  • Butter – We use unsalted, but salted can be used as well.
  • Cream Cheese – This helps the cookies turn out so soft.
  • Granulated Sugar – The needed sweetness for this recipe.
  • Powdered Sugar – Yes, powdered sugar too! It goes great with the granulated sugar to make these perfectly sweet.
  • Almond Extract – If you are not an almond fan, just omit and use Vanilla extract instead.
  • Egg
  • All-Purpose Flour – Just the right amount. Fluff and scoop to measure so that you get the proper amount and dough is not too try.
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Frosting ingredients: powdered sugar, unsalted butter, milk plus more as needed,  vanilla extract, almond extract, food coloring (and sprinkles, if wanted).

How to Make Frosted Sugar Cookies

  1. CREAM. Make sugar cookies by creaming together the butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and almond extract in a large bowl. Beat at medium-high speed until fluffy.
  2. DRY INGREDIENTS. In another bowl, combine all purpose flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. COMBINE. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir (or mix with hand mixer or in stand mixer) until soft dough forms.
  4. ROLL OUT. Roll out the dough using a rolling pin onto a lightly floured surface to about 3/8″ thick. Cut with a cookie cutter (we typically use round cookie cutters but change the shape often for holidays).
  5. BAKE. Place on baking sheets and bake at 375 degrees for about 8-10 minutes.

PRO TIPS

  • When making your dough, do not handle it too much. Over-mixing the dough can make it tough.
  • The perfect thickness of the rolled out dough is about 3/8″ thick. Thinner dough will cook too fast, making crunchy cookies.
Homemade Sugar Cookie dough rolled out on pastry cloth.

Recipe Tips + FAQ

How do I know the cookies are done? There should no longer be a shine to the cookie when they are done, but we also like to use a metal spatula to look at the bottom of the cookie. It should be slightly golden brown.

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 a few tablespoons at a time, until you get the right consistency.

Sugar Cookie Frosting in bowl.

our favorite Frosting

Everyone has different preferences on their sugar cookie icing. Some like cream cheese frosting, buttercream frosting or even royal icing.

Because there is cream cheese in the cookie recipe, we like this classic sugar cookie frosting, which includes:

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • food coloring (optional) – and sprinkles too!

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

NOTE: Keep frosting in the fridge until ready to frost. Stir well before adding to cookies.

Recipe FAQ

  • STORE. We recommend storing them in an air-tight container (after the frosting has set) and keep them on the counter.
  • How long do they last? They should last for up to 4-5 days. You can extend this by a day or two with putting them in the refrigerator.
  • FREEZE. 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 or parchment paper in the freezer.
Frosted sugar cookies on white cake stand.

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
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.
Servings: 24
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Ingredients 

Cookies

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Frosting

  • cups powdered sugar
  • cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¼ cup milk plus more as needed
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • food coloring
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
  • To make cookie dough, cream butter, cream cheese, both sugars, almond extract and egg in a large bowl or stand mixer until fluffy.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about ⅜ inch thick (roll thinner for more crunchy sugar cookies).
  • Cut with cookie cutters and bake for 9–12 minutes on the prepared cookie sheet. Let cookies sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, then remove to a rack to cool.
  • To make frosting, mix all ingredients in a medium bowl with a hand mixer. If too thick, add a little more milk.
  • Frost cookies and let set before storing.

Video

Notes

Make Ahead: You can prepare the dough as directed, cover tightly, and store it in the refrigerator  for 1–2 days before baking. Store baked cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Frost right before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 260kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 54mg, Potassium: 34mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 33g, Vitamin A: 271IU, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” 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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227 Comments

  1. Carole says:

    5 stars
    Hi Kristyn,
    I made these tonight and they were the most delicious sugar cookies we’ve ever had!! I did put most of the cookies in the freezer for Christmas time and plan on frosting them once they thaw out. Question? Can I freeze the icing that I made tonight, also? Wasnt sure if it would hold up. Thank you for sharing this recipe! It came out perfectly!! 😊
    Carole

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Awe, thank you!! You know, I have not tried freezing the frosting. Not sure how it holds up. I’m sorry, I wish I knew 🙂

  2. Mina dziminski says:

    5 stars
    Excelente!! My grandkids love it

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Yay! I am so glad they did! Thank you for trying them!

  3. Kathy says:

    5 stars
    These are the BEST sugar cookies ever!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Awe, thank you so much for saying that!

  4. Ruth White says:

    Do you use all purpose or self rising flour?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I use all-purpose 🙂

  5. Ari says:

    Will this recipe hold christmas cookie cutter shapes such as candy cane, snow man, snow flake? Or is it too soft for these types of shapes?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Yes, they could 🙂 Enjoy!

  6. Terry says:

    5 stars
    These were absolutely fabulous! I made them for my mom’s 90th birthday. They were a huge hit!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Oh, yay! I am so glad! Thank you for letting me know!

  7. Emmy says:

    Hi, im going to make this recipe soon. Do you think it would work if i put baking m&m in the batter?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I haven’t personally tried, but it should 🙂

      1. Emmy says:

        Okay, thank you so much!! 🙂

  8. Sandra says:

    When I make cut-out sugar cookies, I like to add Orange flavoring to the frosting. Yum. I bet the almond is good, too.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      That would be good! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. ??? says:

    5 stars
    It said plus video in the link but I don’t see any video

  10. grace says:

    4 stars
    does anyone know if “pure vanilla extract” will do the job??

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      It sure will 🙂 Enjoy!!