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Recipe: Soft Sugar Cookies

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | November 23rd, 2015 | Desserts, Recipes

soft sugar cookiesI’ve been making (or helping make) sugar cookies since I could stir with a spoon. Every Christmas during my childhood we made a batch of sugar cookies, diligently cutting out reindeer, bells, and Santas. Once they were baked and cooled, my brothers and I would top them with a simple powdered sugar glaze. These sugar cookies are the ones of my childhood memories, and also one that I made with my children when they were young. They’re delicious, light, and crisp.

However, I’ve also discovered a different type of sugar cookie- the soft, almost moist, cookie topped with frosting. You might have seen them in your grocery store. They come in the bakery section in a package of twelve. It’s really easy to eat a decent portion of the package without thinking about it. They’re simply addictive.

If you know anything about me and my culinary thinking, it is that I need to try and make my own homemade version. With this recipe I’ve waited quite some time. My kids are chocolate addicts, so most of the time I make cookies with that desired ingredient, as they will be the primary eaters of the cookies. On a recent weekend I knew my teenage daughter would be home, so it seemed the perfect time to try this recipe. I knew she’d be willing to help frost and sample!

Having made both types of cookies, I can’t say I have a favorite. My family recipe is light, perfect for enjoying with a cup of coffee. The newer recipe is delicious and really feels like having a yummy dessert. I guess I’ll just have to keep both on hand.

Soft Sugar Cookies

Yields 3
A rolled sugar cookie that requires no refrigerating.


Cook Time
12 min

Cook Time
12 min

  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  5. 2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1/4 tsp. salt
  9. 3 cups flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine butter and sugar in bowl of standmixer. Beat for 2 minutes on low speed using paddle attachment.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until combined.
  4. Add yogurt and vanilla, mixing until incorporated.
  5. Add baking powder, soda, salt, and flour. Mix on low.
  6. Form dough into a ball the size of a walnut. Place on cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies.
  7. Flatten balls of dough slightly.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes. (They will not be golden.)
  9. Cool completely.
  1. Frosting
  2. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  3. 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  5. 1-2 Tb. milk
  6. food coloring, if desired
  7. Combine butter, 2 cups sugar, and vanilla. Mix well. Add milk, as needed.
  8. More sugar can be added if you prefer a sweeter frosting.
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