Frosted sugar cookie with sprinkles
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Super Soft Sugar Cookies

These no-fail, soft and chewy sugar cookies are one of my favorites. Top them with cream cheese frosting or buttercream frosting.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15
Calories: 378kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening (or use half butter, half shortening)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional, but makes a great flavor )
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar


  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. 
  • Add eggs, milk, and vanilla and mix.
  • In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients--(flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly mix dry ingredients into the wet mixture until you form a large dough ball.
  • Lightly flour your counter top. Roll dough ball out until 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick.
  •  Cut the dough into shapes with cookie cutters (or use a round drinking cup)
  • Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for about 7-10 minutes. Cookies will be very light colored and just set, when you take them out. They will harden as they cool, so don't over bake them. 

For the frosting:

  • Add the butter and cream cheese to a mixing bowl and beat well until smooth and creamy.
  • Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Add more powdered sugar, as needed, until the frosting is smooth and thick and tastes perfect.


Yield: The amount of cookies this recipe makes depends on how thick you roll the dough and the size of the cookie cutter you use. It should make at least 12-15 good-size sugar cookies. 


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 116mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1.4mg