Frosted Sugar Cookies

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It’s that time of the year to gather with friends and family and decorate cookies for the holidays. These soft cream cheese frosted sugar cookies are so delicious! Who can say “no” to a soft cookie that is the perfect amount of sweetness? Adults and kids alike will love this cookie to the core!

Frosted Sugar Cookies

I’ve always had a soft spot for Frosted Sugar Cookies. With the right recipe, they are so easy to make and the taste is phenomenal. Making these cookies with friends and family this year will make you so happy and add to the joy of getting together at this special time of the year! What fun memories you are making with everyone you love.

A lot of American families bake cookies as a way to spend time together. Sugar cookies are most popular around the holidays and most people keep them as a family tradition.

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How to Make Frosted Sugar Cookies

Is this your first time making Frosted Sugar Cookies? If so, this is the perfect recipe for you! It’s an easy sugar cookie recipe with easy-to-follow instructions that anyone can make! Print this recipe out and keep it close by. Lots of people will be asking you HOW you made such soft sugar cookies.

Items You Need In The Kitchen:

  • All-Purpose White flour (I use bread flour): You can use all-purpose flour, but I find the Sugar Cookies come out fluffier with white bread flour. And, for those who like nutritional information, my bread flour has more protein than other flour varieties, which I appreciate when making any of my pastries or bread recipes.
  • Granulated White Sugar: Used to maintain moisture, creating a softer cookie texture, and adding sweetness and flavor.
  • Salted or Unsalted Butter (softened): Due to the fat content, butter helps to produce softer Sugar Cookies than those made with margarine, and enriches the flavor; it helps to keep the cookies from crumbling. Butter prevents the eggs or any moist or wet ingredients from evaporating, which creates moist, soft, and velvety Sugar Cookies. Due to the added salt in this recipe, you don’t need to use butter that contains added salt. It also reduces the amount of sodium in the recipe, for those who are concerned with sodium content.
  • Sour Cream: Used to add more flavor to the Sugar Cookies. It has a 20% fat content. The cream is mixed with a lactic acid that creates that sour taste we all love and helps to thicken the cream.
  • Egg: Great source of protein, helps to bind the ingredients together, which creates moist and soft Sugar Cookies. Increases browning during the cooking process. Adds a deliciously rich flavor and helps to extend the life of the cookies.
  • Baking Soda: Adds carbon dioxide to the dough which helps to create a delicious soft and chewy cookie.
  • Salt: Used to enhance the flavors of the other ingredients and to offset the flavor of the sugar.
  • Vanilla Extract or Almond Extract (I use vanilla): Adds and enhances the flavors of the butter, sugar, sour cream, egg, flour, and baking soda.
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Ingredients – The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Butter (softened): Due to the fat content, butter helps to produce a softer cream cheese frosting and enriches the flavor.
  • Cream Cheese (softened): Helps to thicken the frosting; adds a mild smooth flavor.
  • Powdered Sugar: Helps to create a smooth consistency; adds sweetness; the preferred sugar in baked goods, although some people will use confectioners’ sugar.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds and enhances the flavors of the butter, powdered sugar, and cream cheese.
  • Sprinkles (color of choice): Little bits of chocolate-flavored candies, typically made with white chocolate that doesn’t melt. Sold in a variety of colors. Adds a fun flare to the Sugar Cookies without using food coloring that can’t be beaten!

Instructions – Frosted Sugar Cookies

Step One: Gather Ingredients – Preheat Oven – Grease Cookie Sheets

Gather your ingredients so you’re ready to make the recipe. Preheat the oven to (350°F) = (176°C). Grease your cookie sheets or place parchment paper on them. Set them aside.

Ingredients

Step Two: Combine Ingredients – Cream Until Smooth

Using a stand mixer with its bowl, or an electric hand mixer in a large mixing bowl, either running on low speed, use the whisk or paddle attachment to combine the sugar, sour cream, butter, eggs, vanilla, or almond extract, then cream until smooth.

Ingredients

Creamed Ingredients

Creamed Ingredients

Step Three: Add Baking Soda, Salt, and Flour

It’s time to add the dry ingredients, the baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the flour and mix until the flour mixture is smooth.

Add Salt and Baking Soda

Slowly add Flour

Slowly Add the Flour

Mix Thoroughly

Mix Thoroughly

If you want to roll out the cookies later, place the dough in plastic wrap or a freezer bag and place it in the refrigerator for a chill until you’re ready to cut out and cook the cookies.

Refrigerate if Desired

Step Four: Place Dough on Floured Surface

When ready to cut out the cookies, place the dough ball onto a lightly floured mat surface or countertop. Please flour your rolling pin as well. Cut out the cookies.

Cut Out The Cookies

Step Five: Cut Cookies Out

I like my cookies about 1/4 inch thick when I roll out the dough. I prefer a thicker softer cookie. A thin cookie may not be as soft as you cook it to a golden brown color, so you decide how you like your cookies. Use your cookie cutter(s) and cut the dough. It’s fun to have different-shaped cookie cutters to add a festive feel. Using a smaller cutter will provide more cookies for your guests if you’d like a larger serving size for this recipe.

Rolled out Sugar Cookies

Step Six: Bake for 10-15 Minutes

Place the cookies on the cookie or baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of your cookies. My 1/4-inch cookies need 15 minutes to bake. Let them cool at room temperature on the cookie sheet or on a wire rack before removing them to frost. Make the cream cheese frosting.

Baked Sugar Cookies

Step Seven: Make the Cream Cheese Frosting

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until it is creamy and fluffy.

Apply the sugar cookie icing as a frosting with the thickness you like. After frosting them, sprinkle them with “Sprinkles,” if desired. Decorating the cookies is so much fun! You could use a piping bag to decorate with the frosting if you want a particular design, but I used a silicone spatula and covered each cookie completely.

Remove the uneaten cookies from the cookie sheets or racks and place them in the refrigerator because they have cream cheese on them and we don’t have any preservatives.

Finished Product

Frost the Cookies As Desired

Soft Sugar Cookies & Frosting Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Decorate The Cookies As Desired
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Soft Sugar Cookies by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe
  • 2-3/4 cup all purpose white flour (I use bread flour)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted or unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 3/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
The Best Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
Soft Sugar Cookies
  1. Gather all of your ingredients. Preheat the oven to (350°F) = (176°C). Grease your cookie sheets or place parchment paper on them. Set them aside.

  2. Combine the sugar, sour cream, butter, eggs, vanilla or almond extract, and cream until smooth.

  3. Add the baking soda and salt.

  4. Gradually add the flour and mix until smooth. If you want to roll out the cookies later, place the dough in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator.

  5. When ready to cut out the cookies, place the dough onto a floured mat or countertop. Please flour your rolling pin as well.

  6. I like my cookies about 1/4 inch thick when I roll out the dough. I prefer a thicker softer cookie. A thin cookie will not be as soft, so you decide how you like your cookies.

  7. Use your cookie cutters and cut the dough. Place the cookies on the cookie sheets. Bake for 10-15 minute, depending on the size and thickness of your cookies. My 1/4-inch cookies need 15 minutes to bake.

  8. Let them cool on wire racks or the cookie sheets before removing them to frost. It's time to make the cream cheese frosting!

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese in a medium-sized bowl.

  2. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla.

  3. Mix until it's creamy and fluffy. Frost the cookies.

  4. Place the uneaten cookies in the refrigerator because the cookies have cream cheese frosting on them.

How to Store Sugar Cookies?

Once you have made these unfrosted Sugar Cookies, you may be wondering how you can store them. Wait until they have reached room temperature and then put them in an airtight container if you want to keep them fresh for around a week. If they are frosted with the cream cheese frosting, they must be refrigerated.

How Long Do Sugar Cookies Stay Fresh?

It is common for sugar cookies to stay fresh for around 3-4 weeks. However, I’ve never seen a sugar cookie last that long. In my home, sugar cookies are gobbled up so quickly that I seldom have to worry about how long they’ll stay fresh, which I’m grateful for.

Why Do My Sugar Cookies Spread?

The sugar cookie isn’t supposed to spread, but sometimes it does! Cookies spread because there is too much flour. It’s also best to wait until the cookie dough is chilled, this helps it bake better!

Can I Freeze Decorated Sugar Cookies?

Go ahead and freeze sugar cookies BEFORE you decorate them. They’ll taste fresher this way! You can also easily freeze sugar cookie dough, so keep this in mind as you make your cookie dough this year.

Final Word

The best cookies are homemade cookies. These Frosted Sugar Cookies are just so soft and chewy. I hope you enjoy making them with your family. My goal is to help you make memories, one recipe at a time. May God bless this world, Linda.

20 thoughts on “Frosted Sugar Cookies

  • November 11, 2020 at 7:21 am
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    5 stars
    I love sugar cookies. I’m going to try to get some made this year. I’m going to try for Sugar free this year. I do have cookie cutters. My daughter and I made cookies with her daughter one year. The frosting was called paint brush frosting. It used egg whites, powdered sugar, and food coloring for different colors. We had so much fun. Calie was 4 or 5 at the time. I don’t know why we only did it for the one year.

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    • November 11, 2020 at 7:36 am
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      Hi Deborah, we didn’t have a lot of money but my girls loved making cookies! We didn’t have electronics back then, so baking and reading were our “play togetherness time”. I have awesome memories with my four daughters. You have to make these soft sugar cookies! Life is so good! Linda

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  • November 11, 2020 at 7:46 am
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    When my children were young, and I was a single mom, we had only one channel of the TV. Monday nights were reading nights. All that was on was Football. We did listen to the radio a lot, too. My youngest daughter wanted to know how the little man got in there. She as about 3 or 4 at the time. Those were good times. Hard, but good.

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    • November 11, 2020 at 8:14 am
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      Hi Deborah, I tell young mothers that being a mom is the hardest job in the world. But, the work pays off when you see your children grow into good individuals, are self-reliant, respectful, hard workers, and kind. Being a good mother and father is critical to the next generation. God Bless all families, Linda P.S. the TV story is the best!

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      • November 11, 2020 at 9:36 am
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        Linda, it was good times back then. These days there are too much entertainment and not enough playing outside. We give our kids too many hand held devices to play with.

        I love to read. I read some every day. I do read on my IPad, but also have physical books to read. I read all kinds of books. My favorite is the ones about the Amish.

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  • March 3, 2021 at 11:11 am
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    5 stars
    These are the best sugar cookies! They are sooo soft and delicious! They are our new favorite! Thank you sooo much for sharing the recipe!❤️

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    • March 3, 2021 at 12:50 pm
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      Hi Camille, oh, I love hearing this! I love baking and sharing recipes! Linda

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  • March 4, 2021 at 6:55 am
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    5 stars
    Scrumptious! I can’t wait to make them again this Christmas!

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    • March 4, 2021 at 8:11 am
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      Hi Tiffany, thank you! I hope your family loves them as much as my family does! Linda

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  • March 4, 2021 at 8:19 am
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    5 stars
    Wow!!! These cookies are delicious and so easy to make!

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    • March 4, 2021 at 8:43 am
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      Hi Alli, oh, thank you! I’m so glad to hear you liked the recipe! Linda

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  • December 12, 2022 at 7:25 am
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    5 stars
    Linda – do you need to keep the cookies chilled because of the cream cheese in the frosting? I’ve always thought so and avoided cream cheese frostings because it is hard to keep that many cookies chilled.

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    • December 12, 2022 at 8:15 am
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      Hi Kay, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend! This statement is at the bottom of the recipe card: “Place the uneaten cookies in the refrigerator because the cookies have cream cheese frosting on them”. I better make it a bit more prominent, thank you for asking this essential question. Linda

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      • December 12, 2022 at 12:52 pm
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        I’m sorry I didn’t look at the recipe. I looked under “How to Store Sugar Cookies” so I would add it there. 😉 Thank goodness for a cold sunroom I can use as a second refrigerator this time of year! My plant rack for starting seeds works great!

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        • December 12, 2022 at 3:15 pm
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          Hi Kay, oh thank you, my friend, I will go add it there. LOL! I missed that section. THANK YOU!!! Linda

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  • December 12, 2022 at 7:34 am
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    What is an ” uneatten cookie”? I have never encountered one of those in my house.
    Planning to make these in the coming week. Thanks for the recipe.
    In the past I have made sugar cookied with slices of gumdrops pushed right through, to hang on the tree. I bake them harder, but they soften slightly on the tree ( natural pine) and taste amazing

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    • December 12, 2022 at 8:16 am
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      Hi Diana, oh, gumdrops, I love this idea! I hear you on the uneaten cookie!!! LOL! These are so good, enjoy, my friend! Linda

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  • December 14, 2022 at 2:30 am
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    5 stars
    I have always had trouble making sugar cookies in shapes. As you know I have about 1,000 cookie cutters but they have just sat in a big bucket. Now I know what I was doing wrong. I wasn’t making them thick enough. Thank you for that hint. Now maybe I will become a cookie baker.

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    • December 14, 2022 at 8:31 am
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      Hi Jackie, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend! Be sure and flour the countertop!! Linda

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