Super soft sugar cookies + baking tip

I’m excited to share with you a new sugar cookie recipe today. I’ve been using this recipe for several years, and these really are the best! They are a family favorite! They remind me of the Lofthouse cookies my mom used to buy for me as a kid. I have to tell you, I tried making a new version over the weekend and they did not turn out well. I came right back to this recipe. These ones always come out super soft and fluffy… just the way sugar cookies should be.

Super soft sugar cookies and the best tip for baking them on iheartnaptime.com #recipes #desserts

I love soft sugar cookies topped with LOTS of frosting and a few sprinkles on top. :)

Super soft sugar cookies and the best tip for baking them on iheartnaptime.com #recipes #desserts

Soft sugar cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup margarine or butter, at room temp
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp lemon or almond extract
  • 5 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix together margarine and sugar. Beat until creamy. Add in eggs, vanilla, lemon extract and sour cream and mix together until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix just until combined.
  3. Split dough in two and place in saran wrap. Refrigerate dough for 1-2 hours.
  4. Once dough has been chilled roll out dough on a bakers mat or parchment paper. Add another 1/4 - 1/2 cup flour if dough is still sticky. Cut with floured cookie cutter.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes.
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I use 2 different frostings with these cookies. I’ll give you both of them, because they are both super yummy!

Buttercream frosting:

  •  3/4 cup of butter
  • 3 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 TB heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • food coloring and sprinkles

Cream cheese frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 stick of butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Now for the best tip for perfect sugar cookies… 

Super soft sugar cookies and the best tip for baking them on iheartnaptime.com #recipes #desserts

  1. Before rolling out your dough, separate in two sections and wrap dough in saran wrap dusted with powdered sugar.
  2. Roll out your dough on a baking mat or parchment paper (so you don’t have to peel up the shapes).
  3. Dust cookie cutter with powdered sugar and cut out shapes. Slowly remove the excess dough.
  4. Carefully place mat on baking sheet, then bake.

Seriously I wish I would have learned this tip sooner. Now you’ll always have perfect shaped cookies. Thanks to an awesome friend for the tip! Have you done this before? My sugar cookies are forever changed. ;)

My little girls favorite part… decorating them! Enjoy!

Looking for more sugar cookie recipes? Check out these:

Sugar cookie bars

Fruit pizza

 

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Jamielyn Nye

Lifestyle expert, Pinterest tastemaker and blogger at iheartnaptime.com. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.