5 from 1 vote
Frosted sugar cookie with sprinkles
Super Soft Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

These no-fail, soft and chewy sugar cookies are one of my favorites. Top them with cream cheese frosting or buttercream frosting.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Unit: cup, large, ounce, teaspoon
Servings: 15
Calories: 378 kcal
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
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. 

  2. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla and mix.

  3. 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.

  4. Lightly flour your counter top. Roll dough ball out until 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick.

  5.  Cut the dough into shapes with cookie cutters (or use a round drinking cup)

  6. Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. 

  7. 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:
  1. Add the butter and cream cheese to a mixing bowl and beat well until smooth and creamy.

  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Add more powdered sugar, as needed, until the frosting is smooth and thick and tastes perfect.

Recipe Notes

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. 

Nutrition Facts
Super Soft Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 378 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 243mg 10%
Potassium 116mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Sugars 29g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 6.8%
Calcium 5.2%
Iron 7.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.