The BEST Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe

The holidays are my favorite time of year. I love the hustle and bustle, the parties, meeting up with family and friends, hosting events… I could go on and on. One of the events I look forward to hosting every year is our Holiday Cookie Decorating Party. The munchkins and I love to bake so it’s a wonderful family activity. The kids love decorating the cut-out style sugar cookies that I make but, the recipe is too complicated and finicky for them to do by themselves. So, this year we came up with a soft sugar cookie recipe that was more kid-friendly and, it turned out perfectly. I hope you love it as much as we do!!!

The BEST Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe

A yummy copycat recipe of the soft sugar cookies I find at Target. Perfect for kid chefs

These soft sugar cookies are reminiscent of those glorious cake-like cookies you buy at Target or the grocery store. You know the ones you find in the front of the store topped with delicious buttercream and sprinkles. They taste like the top of a cupcake to me and my kids LOVE them. Anyhoo, this is our copycat recipe of those soft sugar cookies. The beauty of this recipe is that it’s easy enough for kids to make (with adult supervision of course).

Munchkins Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe


For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup salted butter (browned and then brought back to a softened state)
  • 1 cup Daisy sour cream
  • 1¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla paste
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 6 all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • optional food coloring
  • 4 tablespoons whole milk


    To make the cookies:
    1. Brown the butter over the stove. Then cool in the refrigerator until softened.
    2. Preheat oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper sheets, set aside.
    3. In a stand-up mixer, cream together the browned butter and sour cream until smooth and pale.
    4. Add in the eggs, sugar, vanilla paste, and almond extract. Mix until just combined.
    5. In a separate mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients (through the baking soda).
    6. Make a well in the dry ingredients. Then pour the wet ingredients inside of the well and mix.
    7. Using damp hands, scoop enough cookie dough to create 2″ balls. Roll dough and place cookie balls on the prepared cookie sheet.
    8. Flatten the cookie balls using a flat-bottomed glass dipped in water.
    9. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 7-9 minutes, or until bottoms of cookies are light brown and tops are set.
    10. Immediately remove from cookie sheet and cool completely on a cooling rack before frosting.
    To make the frosting:
    1. Beat the butter and extract together in a stand mixer until smooth.
    2. Add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing until smooth after each addition.
    3. Next, add in the milk (and optional food coloring) and beat until fluffy and smooth.
    4. Once cookies are cooled frost them adding sprinkles immediately before frosting sets.

    The BEST kid-friendly soft sugar cookie recipe. Bake with your kids this holiday season with this super easy soft sugar cookie recipe.

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