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5 from 10 votes

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Super Soft Sugar Cookies - A tried and true recipe that has been made hundreds of times! This sugar cookie recipe works great with cookie cutters and bakes up nice and fluffy. Best served with buttercream frosting!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Refrigerate1 hr
Total Time1 hr 28 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sugar Cookies
Servings: 30
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


For the sugar cookies:

  • 1 cup butter (at room temp)
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs (at room temp)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon or almond extract , whichever flavor you prefer
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 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 butter
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream cheese frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 stick butter (softened)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


For the sugar cookies:

  • In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar. Beat until creamy. Add in eggs, vanilla, lemon extract and sour cream and mix together until combined.
  • 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.
  • Split dough in two and place in saran wrap. Refrigerate dough for 1-2 hours.
  • Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350°. 
  • Roll out dough on a baker's mat or parchment paper. Add another 1/4 – 1/2 cup flour if dough is still sticky. Cut with floured cookie cutter.
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes, until edges are slightly golden. 

For the Frosting:

  • For both the buttercream and cream cheese frostings, combine all listed ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Feel free to add in food coloring or sprinkles. Mix with an electric mixer until smooth and then frost on cooled cookies and serve. :)



Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 62mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 8.3% | Vitamin C: 0.1% | Calcium: 2.6% | Iron: 6.6%