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Soft, Frosted Sugar Cookies

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies - These soft, frosted sugar cookies taste identical to the ones you love to buy at the grocery store bakery. They are so fun to make at home and have none of the preservatives that you get in the store-bought version.

Happy February! And so begins the month of sweets, romance, chocolate, strawberry, and champagne. So it makes sense that it’s also my birthday month. Woohoo!

This month I turn 29 and a whole year closer to 30. Yikes. But let’s not worry about that yet. I still have year 29 to celebrate! You can expect an awesome sweet treat next week to celebrate my special day, so keep a lookout!

Okay now for today’s recipe.

Back in September, I started welcoming each new month with a cookie recipe because, well, I LOVE cookies. Let’s recap what we’ve covered so far:

For February, I thought I’d share my favorite sugar cookie (and perhaps the only sugar cookie I’ve ever loved): soft, frosted sugar cookies with pink frosting.

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies - These soft, frosted sugar cookies taste identical to the ones you love to buy at the grocery store bakery. They are so fun to make at home and have none of the preservatives that you get in the store-bought version. Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies - These soft, frosted sugar cookies taste identical to the ones you love to buy at the grocery store bakery. They are so fun to make at home and have none of the preservatives that you get in the store-bought version.

After falling for them early in my childhood, I’ve always been a chocolate chip cookies kind-of-gal. Sugar cookies were never enticing to me because they didn’t have enough oomph. Just boring, bland, pale cookies. Not for me.

That is, until a fateful day in 8th grade…We were having a class party and someone brought these soft sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles that they had purchased from a grocery store bakery. I was intrigued because they looked like half-cookie-half-cupcake. I tried one of those cookies and my opinion of sugar cookies changed FOREVER.

Those sugar cookies were soft, yet dense, with sweet colored frosting. Enough sugar to get my heart beating a mile-a-minute, that’s for sure. But that soft cookie is what sold me, for sure.

And now I can make them at home and eat them anytime I want! Well, I probably shouldn’t, but I’m just happy to know that I can (as is my husband). These are his favorite cookies!

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies - These soft, frosted sugar cookies taste identical to the ones you love to buy at the grocery store bakery. They are so fun to make at home and have none of the preservatives that you get in the store-bought version. Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies - These soft, frosted sugar cookies taste identical to the ones you love to buy at the grocery store bakery. They are so fun to make at home and have none of the preservatives that you get in the store-bought version.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is that you can easily make it all year long. Just switch up the color of the frosting and sprinkles to make them fit each season and/or holiday. You can even switch up the shapes, too! Hearts, shamrocks, flowers, stars, Christmas trees, pumpkins…the possibilities are endless!

This is also a great recipe to do on a day where you need some baking therapy. You can turn on some tunes, roll out some dough, bake some cookies, and take your sweet time frosting each one. I did this exact thing last weekend and it was magical. My tunes of choice: the soundtrack to La La Land. I’m obsessed!!!

You probably haven’t made very many cookies like this before. The dough is super sticky and may be tricky to manage on your first try. But fear not! I’m here to give you some tips to make sure you get it right the first time:

  1. This dough needs to chill overnight. Do not skip this step! The dough is really messy when we first make it so it needs to chill so you can easily roll it out and cut out circles.
  2. When rolling out the dough, flour your surface and rolling pin really, really well. This will keep the dough from sticking. If the dough starts to stick, form into a ball, add more flour, and roll out again. If it gets too sticky to work with, just place in freezer for a few minutes to cool it down – cool dough is easier to work with.
  3. This recipe makes 48 cookies. You will need to bake these cookies on two baking sheet and in two batches. These half sheet pans are my favorite baking sheets because they are big and sturdy. I use them in all my cookie recipes.
  4. Make sure the cookies are completely cool before you begin frosting them. Otherwise, the frosting will melt all over the place.
  5. To make sure the sprinkles stick, add them right after you frost each cookie because the frosting tends to dry quickly.
  6. When frosting cookies or cupcakes, I always recommend using an offset spatula. It helps create a smooth, even layer of frosting. Here is the small one I used for this recipe.

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Soft, Frosted Sugar Cookies
These soft, frosted sugar cookies taste identical to the ones you love to buy at the grocery store bakery. They are so fun to make at home and have none of the preservatives that you get in the store-bought version.
Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies - These soft, frosted sugar cookies taste identical to the ones you love to buy at the grocery store bakery. They are so fun to make at home and have none of the preservatives that you get in the store-bought version.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
For the frosting:
  • 1 cup butter unsalted, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • food coloring
  • sprinkles
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
For the frosting:
  • 1 cup butter unsalted, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • food coloring
  • sprinkles
Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies - These soft, frosted sugar cookies taste identical to the ones you love to buy at the grocery store bakery. They are so fun to make at home and have none of the preservatives that you get in the store-bought version.
Instructions
For the frosting:
  1. Beat butter, vanilla, and pinch of salt until creamy and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add 4 cups of powdered sugar slowly, about 1 cup at a time.
  2. Add heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time. Taste frosting. If you approve of the texture, then you can skip to next step. I thought it tasted too butter-heavy so I went ahead and added 1 1/2 more cups of powdered sugar. But you should test it out slowly by adding only 1/2 cup at a time until you reach the flavor you're looking for.
  3. Add a couple drops of your favorite food coloring to the frosting mixture. Mix until colored. If you want a deeper color, add another drop or two.
  4. Once the cookies have all cooled, you can begin to frost and sprinkle them. I recommend using a offset spatula to help spread frosting on evenly and cleanly.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Sweet Pea's Kitchen

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies - These soft, frosted sugar cookies taste identical to the ones you love to buy at the grocery store bakery. They are so fun to make at home and have none of the preservatives that you get in the store-bought version.

More cookie recipes that you’ll love:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites with Fudge Frosting

 

Monster Cookies

Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies

44 comments

  1. Awww, I love love love sugar cookies and haven’t made them in ages. These look perfect for Valentine’s Day <3 Your treats are always SO incredibly pretty!!

    XOXO

  2. Frosted sugar cookies are my husband’s favorite! This looks like the perfect recipe for him. The frosting I try to make never works for sugar cookies so will have to try this. 🙂

  3. They look delicious – and perfect for Valentines Day! That recipe makes a lot… I feel a bit nervous that I would eat all 48 of them! LOL! PS Don’t stress too much about getting closer to 30. I’m coming up for 31 this year and I can’t even remember my age when people ask me… so it’s no big deal, you totally forget your age after 30 anyway 😉

    • Haha it sure does! I sent many of them with my husband for his coworkers. And yeah, I’m already starting to forget my age and I’m not even 30 yet! I had to do math the other day to get to it! haha

  4. These look amazing and I hope to try them soon!

    It was college when I first began to love sugar cookies. A roommate’s mother baked a tin for us and they were everything you described. It wasn’t long before my roommates and I began writing love notes to this wonderful mom (who kept baking them for us).

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and technique!

  5. These seriously remind me of the cookies of my childhood. I have been looking for a recipe to replicate them and have failed so far. I am so glad I found this post!

  6. These are so pretty! I’m going to try them for a Valentine’s Day party at my daughter’s school. Would be a cute gift for teachers too!

  7. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ve never seen a sugar cookie recipe that has sour cream in it. I love your pictures of them, too. Can’t wait to make. Happy Birthday month!

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