Super Soft Sugar Cookies are the best sugar cookies ever! Make with classic ingredients, this sugar cookie recipe has great texture and flavor. This is the last sugar cookie recipe you’ll ever need! Amazing recipe for sugar cookie frosting included.
I’ve tried many, many sugar cookie recipes and this one is my favorite by far. It’s a classic sugar cookie recipe but the ratio of dry ingredients to wet ingredients is perfect and results in soft sugar cookies that taste wonderful. If you like Lofthouse Sugar Cookies, these are so much better! Not too thick and no mouth full of flour. The sugar cookie frosting recipe we included is delicious too!
How do you make perfect sugar cookies every time?
- Sugar cookie dough is sticky, but once it’s sufficiently chilled, it’s much more workable. Resist the urge to add more flour to the dough before chilling! If you add too much flour, the ratio of wet to dry ingredients is off and the cookies end up drier and more crumbly.
- Do not melt the butter! The butter needs to be softened (at room temperature), but using melted butter will ruin the cookies.
- Spend a little extra time when you mix the butter and sugars. Creaming them together for 2-3 minutes will improve the consistency of your cookies.
- Preheat the oven. This will help your cookies turn out right every time!
- Use a cookie scoop! If you want all your cookies to be perfectly shaped and have them all be the same size, a cookie scoop is the way to go.
- Use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Doing this will make it really easy to remove the cookies from your cookie sheet so that you don’t have to scrape them off the pan – they will just slide right off in perfect shape!
- Make sure not to overbake your cookies. They may not even look totally done on the tops, but if the bottoms start to brown, I take mine out and they are perfect!
Can you use salted butter for sugar cookies?
You can absolutely use salted butter for sugar cookies! I’m a big fan of using what you have and I only buy salted butter. Some people aren’t fans of salted butter because they want complete control over how much salt is in the recipe. I’m one of those people who constantly has to add salt to everything though, so I like there to be enough! When making cookies, I feel like the cookies taste better when they have a good salt to sweet ratio. I’ve served my sugar cookies to many, many people and no one has ever complained about there being too much salt!
Super Soft Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cream together sugar and butter for 2-3 minutes. Add egg, vanilla and sour cream.
- In separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, beat until smooth.
- Chill dough for several hours.
- Roll and cut with shaped cutters. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
- Cool and frost as you’d like!
Sugar Cookie Frosting
1/2 cup soft butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla
Beat butter until smooth. Beat in remaining ingredients until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add additional milk a little at a time if thinner consistency is desired.
If you like our Soft Sugar Cookies, try a few of our other favorite sugar cookies:
- Buttermilk Sugar Cookies
- Watermelon Sugar Cookies
- Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies
- Under the Sea Cookies
- Frosted Strawberry Cookies
This photo is of my 5 kids and I on the most recent Mother’s Day. Since I’m usually the one taking the pictures, I’m in a lot less than anyone else. I have to make a conscious effect to hand someone else the camera and ask them if they’d take my photo. Why is that so hard?1 I don’t know, but it is. I’ve tried to get a photo of my kids and I each Mother’s Day. It’s crazy to see how much they grow each year! I’m certain by next years’ photo my oldest son will be much taller than me. He’s in full teenage mode here… hungry most likely. Aren’t kids fun?!