Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

100th post!  Holy cow, right!?     😀

I’m on this kick of making huge cookies.  I blame The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie that I made recently and of course my husband who has a near religious problem with little cookies.     😉  I’ve made Traditional Sugar Cookies before.  You know, the ones where you roll out the cookie dough and cut out fun shapes.  I love those and while they are “easy” to make, they are quite time consuming and I have to be in the mood for that process.  These still take a while to make thanks to chilling the dough over night, but let’s be honest, that work is being done by the fridge.  I wanted to make a super easy sugar cookie recipe.  Meet these soft frosted sugar cookies!  They are covered in a sweet butter cream frosting, and are way faster than all the work needed for “normal” sugar cookies.

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Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe
(Makes about 39 cookies)
Note: This recipe requires that the cookie dough be chilled overnight.


For Cookies:

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (equivalent to 2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sour cream
  • frosting, see below
  • colored sugar to sprinkle over frosting (optional)

For Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter (equivalent to 2 sticks), room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream


For the Cookies:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Set the dry ingredients aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and white sugar until light and fluffy (for about 3 minutes).
  3. Mix in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract and sour cream until combined.
  5. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients.  The dough will be sticky.
  6. Chill the dough in the refrigerator overnight.
  7. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat and set it aside.
  9. Roll the dough into balls, about the size of 1 and 1/2 tablespoons (I used a medium sized scooper by Oxo).  Gently press down each dough ball until they are about 1/4 inch thick.
  10. Bake them for 7 to 9 minutes or until they are a pale golden color. (I placed 4 cookies per baking pan because they get bigger as they bake).
  11. Once the cookies have cooled completely, frost them (see directions below).
  12. Sprinkle colored sugar on top of the frosting (optional).
  13. Allow the frosting to set before serving.

For the Frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the butter and vanilla extract.
  2. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar and salt.  Mix it until it’s smooth and creamy.
  3. Add in the heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time and beat it until light and fluffy.


Store the cookies in an air tight container or freeze them in a freezer friendly bag.


There is nothing fancy with how to go about this recipe.  Although, you need to chill the cookie dough overnight because the cookie dough will be very soft and sticky.  For those of you who hate waiting, I’m sorry but I promise it’s worth it.

01Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Once the cookie dough has chilled, roll it into balls (about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons each).  Using a cookie scooper makes this process so much easier.  Gently press down each dough ball until they are about 1/4 inch thick.  I placed 4 cookies per baking pan because they get bigger as they bake.  I would not recommend using this recipe to make roll out sugar cookies.  The dough is way too sticky and would become part of your counter top instead of becoming cookies.  These guys grow a lot when they are baked, any cookie shapes you cut out would be lost in the process.

02Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

I made the vanilla flavored frosting right before I frosted the cookies.  If you like the sweet stuff then you’ll love this frosting.  I did not add food coloring to it, but you could do that if you wanted to.  Today the splash of color comes from fun sugar on top.

03Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

I often use sour cream in my baked goodies and it makes them so soft and moist.  These cookies are no exception.  They are like a super puffy cloud floating through cookie heaven.  They’re the perfect cross between a cookie and a miniature cake (i.e. cupcake).

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This butter cream frosting is fantastically sweet.  The texture is spot on when it comes to sugar cookies.  The top hardens slightly and the middle stays soft and creamy.

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I was so excited to use King Arthur Flour’s green shimmer sugar that I bought a few of months ago.  I sprinkled some on top of the frosting, purely for presentation points.     🙂  I love treating myself to some of King Arthur Flour’s products, but you can use any brand you like and I know Wilton makes several varieties too.

05Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

I love how you can take these cookies and decorate them to match any holiday or party theme.  Orange and black sprinkles or colored sugar for Halloween?  No, I did not just say that!  It’s barely September but I’m starting to get suckered into the commercial powers that already have Halloween decorations out.

13Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

I’m in heaven with these cookies!   It’s hard to believe that I’d get this excited about a sugar cookie, but these are exceptional.  It’s hard to go wrong with cookie full of sugary goodness.

07Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are an awesome dessert to bring to a party when you don’t know who likes what or who is allergic to what.  I brought them to a neighborhood party.  They look like they’re straight from a bakery (or that’s what some of the neighbors said when they saw them).




Source: The Baker Chick


Here are those Traditional Sugar Cookies I noted about earlier, along with its Sugar Cookie Icing recipe.




Do you love ginormous sized cookies?  Try these Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies.

13Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie




  1. I LOVE sugar cookies but simply cannot get them looking like these! I feel I would be in heaven with these cookies too!
    They look delectable – You must have made them for me 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe… Totally made them for you. 😉 I hope you give this recipe a try. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

  2. I love a good sugar cookie! Happy 100th post!!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much!

  3. I love big fat sugar cookies! These will be perfect for the holidays!

    1. Tina says:

      Oh yes, ideal for holidays! I can’t wait to make them again to hand out to friends and family. I’ve already got some holiday cookie decor sprinkles waiting to be used. 🙂

  4. Happy 100th post! Here’s to 100 more delicious cookie recipes! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you much!

  5. That shimmer is gorgeous! Congrats on 100, isn’t it fun? You can never go wrong with sugar cookies and these look delicious!

    1. Tina says:

      I was so happy to find a good excuse to use shimmer on a cookie.
      When I started my blog back in February, I really had no idea I’d see post #100. It’s been a fun and interesting process. I especially love how I’ve met so many wonderful new friends, like yourself. 🙂

  6. Congrats on the 100th post! I am sufficiently salivating now…In my office…send me some right now pleaaaaase!

    1. Tina says:

      Haha…thanks so much! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

  7. marcie says:

    Oh my, do these ever look good! I love soft, thick sugar cookies, but I don’t love the work involved with rolling the dough and cutting it out in shapes. I love that this is more slice and bake — great flavor without the hassle! You better believe I’m thinking orange and black sprinkles, too, because Halloween baking is so fun. I’m looking forward to it!

    1. Tina says:

      I love how the holidays influence what we cook and bake. Bring it on pumpkin and apples! I’ll definitely be baking these sugar cookies again for my friends and family but with a red and green theme. 🙂

  8. Monica says:

    I love that green sugar – gorgeous! Sounds crazy but I don’t think I’ve ever had a soft sugar cookie like this. I’m missing out. Sugar cookies in general not only taste great (to everyone) but they are really great for decorating for any holiday.

    1. Tina says:

      I love cookies so much that I’ll happily eat soft or crunchy sugar cookies. But I have to admit that I seriously favor the soft kind. 🙂 I feel bad you’ve been missing out on the soft ones…I hope you try these. 🙂

  9. Happy 100th post, Tina!

    Is it bad that I wish I had that bowl of cookie dough sitting right in front of me so I could eat it? I LOVE cookie dough. I can’t help but to eat some of it every time I make cookies.

    These are lovely cookies, especially the color of the sprinkles. Pinned!

    1. Tina says:

      The stomach knows no time of the day. I always eat cookie dough from every batch I make and every time my husband gently reminds me that I shouldn’t do that. Hehe.
      Thanks so much for pinning and the well wishes! 🙂

  10. I LOVE sugar cookies. These look yummy, with all that frosting!

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

  11. These cookies are so cute Tina! I love the blue sugar sprinkles on top –very festive! YUM! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you so much Anne!

  12. I love soft frosted sugar cookies. Homemade ones are definitely the best. The Tiffany blue sprinkles on your cookies are just too perfect (and gorgeous)!

    1. Tina says:

      You’re so sweet. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

  13. Congrats on the 100th post, Tina! And these cookies look so so good… I’d definitely eat the whole batch! x

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you so much! Oh my gosh, I must have eating them while I was icing them and then again when I was photographing them…addicting. 🙂

  14. These cookies look like they will melt in your mouth! So fluffy and the frosting is out of this world.

    1. Tina says:

      They seriously are so heavenly! Definitely on my list of “must make again” 🙂

  15. Wow… you can tell just from the picture how soft these are. I love soft cookies! Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturdays!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Krista! I always look forward to your Saturday morning show stopper party. 🙂

  16. I’m all about sugar cookies! (They’re my favorite kind of cookie.)
    Congrats on your 100th post! You’re so awesome! Has it been a hard travel to get to 100? (I’m right behind you…think I have 15 more or so.) What a great way to celebrate. Already pinned onto my cookie board, but pinning onto the SSS (Show Stopper Saturday) party board for even more peeps to see and share! (=

    1. Tina says:

      I like sugar cookies in general but I’ll be honest that they’re not my favorite so it takes an awesome one to get my attention…these have my attention and I’m in LOVE with them! Actually I think I’m slightly obsessed with them and I already have plans to make them again soon (exactly the same and with a twist).

      Thank you for your pins. I very much appreciate it. Of course I was already following you on pinterest (and now twitter as I just started an account there…better late than never), but now I’ve started following your Show Stopper Saturday (which I love being a part of every Saturday). 🙂

      I truly appreciate your compliments and kind words. It warms my heart (sorry if that’s cheesy, but it’s true). 😀 This past February I was turning 37 years old and (in a nut shell) I was looking for a change and for a way to stay more connected with my family (who live 1 to 3 hours away from me). I had no expectations. I thought “Well, I could do 3 posts or 300. Let’s see.” Hmm, hard? I try very hard to remind myself that this is an outlet of fun for me, not a 2nd job. So when it starts becoming “work” then I take a break. I can get caught up in the moment and lose sight of that so thankfully my supportive husband reminds me every now and then. I think more than anything I had no idea how much I would learn about the blogging world and about myself. For examples, I spend WAY more time on social media outlets than I ever anticipated and I’m harder on myself than I thought I would be (mostly with my pictures). Also, I didn’t realize how important it was to have validation from others. I think what I love most is that I’ve met so many wonderful bloggers like yourself. I genuinely look forward to reading your blog, getting to know you as if you were my girlfriend right next door. (Can’t wait to see what you have in store for your 100th post) I always love seeing your comments here and am humbled that you continue to come back. 🙂

  17. Happy 100th post girl!!! What a great cookie to help you celebrate!! These look incredible!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks Jocelyn! 🙂

  18. Ooh, I love cookies like this! And yours look SO perfect – YUM!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! I’m in love with these cookies. Appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

  19. Making.These.Period.! 🙂 I always buy them at the store b/c I just can’t seem to pass by without them eye balling me and screaming, “BUY ME, BUY ME”! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      I hope you love these as much as I do! Let me know what you think if you end up making them. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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