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Super Soft Sugar Cookies

Simple, soft sugar cookies for any occasion. This is an easy recipe that's great to do with kids!
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Prep Time: 22 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
chill time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 48 3" cookies
Calories: 105kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous


Sugar Cookie Dough

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • ½ cup sour cream, room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 cups powdered confectioners sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • gel food coloring
  • sprinkles


Sugar Cookie Dough

  • Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  • In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl add the butter and sour cream (BOTH AT ROOM TEMP) and cream together until nice and smooth. This will take about 4-5 minutes. Add the sugar, egg, vanilla, and almond extracts and mix until combined.
    butter in mixer
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 batches, mixing in completely after each addition.
  • Form a loose ball with the dough and place it in a covered bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • After about 15 minutes, preheat your oven to 400°F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
    baking sheet prepared with silicone mat
  • Once the dough has chilled, place it on a lightly floured surface and roll it out to ¼" thick. Cut out your favorite shapes and place each cookie on the prepared baking sheet. These cookies won't spread so you don't have to space out too much but give them a little breathing room.
    sugar cookie heart cutout
  • Bake the cookies one pan at a time for 6-8 minutes. The cookies will puff up a little but won't turn brown. This is how they stay nice and soft.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and place them on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting

  • Put the room temp butter in a mixing bowl or stand mixer and beat for a few minutes until nice and creamy. Add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time and mix completely after each addition. Add the milk, extracts, and food coloring and mix until combined and creamy. You can adjust the milk to get the consistency you would like.
    rice krispie treats pressed into a pan
  • Once the cookies have cooled, add the frosting and some fun sprinkles, and enjoy!
    sugar cookies


  • Keep the cookies in a sealed container in the fridge and the will last a few days...if there are any left over!
  • I made this recipe my own by playing around with the extract ratios and adding the almond extract to the buttercream. Like I said, I love almond extract but if it's not your thing, you can omit it. 
  • Play around with frosting flavors too, add some fresh lemon juice or peppermint extract to create a whole new cookie!


Serving: 1frosted cookie | Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4.4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 9.1g | Calcium: 9mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.