Soft sugar cookies are one of the greatest things about holiday baking. Of course, you don’t need a holiday or reason to break out the best cut out sugar cookie recipe in the world (and that’s exactly what this is!)
Making soft sugar cookies with sour cream is the trick to making the perfect sugar cookie recipe. You don’t taste the sour cream at all and the texture and softness of the sugar cookies speak for themselves. They’re so good and even better with sugar cookie icing. I mean, who doesn’t love soft sugar cookies with icing?
I Love this Soft Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe
I’m going to make a confession right now and admit that I’m a little bit obsessive about cookies. Not necessarily because I really love eating them (I’m actually more of a dough fanatic), but because I am constantly on a quest to find the absolute best cookie recipes. I’ve spent years trying many different sugar cookie recipes and although they are all similar and pretty yummy, I do believe this recipe is the best one I have found yet! It produces thick, soft cookies, which is an absolute must for me…I’m just not a fan of hard, crunchy cookies.
How do you keep sugar cookies soft?
There are many different tips and tricks out there for soft cookies, but not all of them work. With these cookies, the sour cream in the dough really helps. Another big thing is to make sure that you don’t roll out your cookie dough too thin or else it would turn into a cracker and lose its softness. After they’ve finished baking, make sure to let them cool completely and keep stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag to keep them fresh and soft for as long as possible.
How long will decorated sugar cookies last?
If you keep your decorated sugar cookies properly stored, you can expect them to last up to a week at room temperature and be just fine.
Super Soft Sugar Cookies Ingredients
-1 cup sugar
-1/2 cup softened butter
-1 tsp. vanilla
-1/3 cup sour cream
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1/2 tsp. soda
-2 cups flour
Sugar Cookie Frosting Ingredients
-1/2 cup soft butter
-4 cups powdered sugar
-1/4 cup milk
-2 tsp. vanilla
How to Make Super Soft Sugar Cookies
In a bowl, cream together the sugar and butter.
Add in the egg and the vanilla and mix well.
In a separate bowl, combine the cour cream, salt, and baking soda. Add the flour and sour cream to butter mixture, beat until smooth.
Cover the bowl and chill the dough for several hours.
Roll it out and then and cut with shaped cookie cutters. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes.
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!
After the cookies are cooled, decorate them however you want! This frosting recipe is very basic, yet it is one of my favorites!
How to Make Sugar Cookie Frosting
In a mixing bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Beat in the remaining ingredients until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Add in additional milk a little at a time if a thinner consistency is desired. (I had a little bit of half and half in the fridge that I needed to use up, so I used that instead of milk- I figured a few more calories wouldn’t matter much at this point)!
For these cookies, I used Wilton cake decorating colors to tint my frosting. I used mini M&Ms for the eyes and then I dipped a toothpick in some blue gel icing that I had to make the eyeballs!
- 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
Sugar Cookie Frosting
- 1/2 cup soft butter
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg and vanilla.
- In separate bowl, combine sour cream, salt and baking soda.
- Add flour and sour cream to butter mixture, beat until smooth. Chill dough for several hours.
- Roll and cut with shaped cutters. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Make sure not to overbake your cookies.
- After the cookies are cooled, decorate them however you want!
How to Make Cookie Frosting
- In a mixing bowl, beat the butter until it's smooth.
- Beat in the other ingredients until smooth. About 2 minutes.
- Add in any additional milk if a thinner consistency is needed.
- Decorate, eat, and enjoy!
How do you store frosted sugar cookies?
Let your frosted sugar cookies sit out for an hour or two to help the frosting solidify. Place them in an airtight container and then lay a cut piece of parchment paper over the top before laying more cookies on top. They can last this way up to a week.
Can you freeze sugar cookies and decorate later?
Absolutely! Freezing unfrosted cookies is very easy. After letting them cool completely, you can freeze them flat on a baking sheet for about 15 minutes (or an hour) and then transfer them to a freezer-friendly container. They can last in the freezer this way for up to 6months. Thaw and frost.
If you love sugar cookie recipes then you’re going to love these other cookie recipes
- Chocolate Nest Easter Cookies
- Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies
- Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups
- Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
- Almond Crescent Cookies
- Hot Cocoa Cookies
- Eggnog Cookies
- Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Mint Chocolate Pudding Cookies
- Ginger Spice Cookies
- Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Caramel Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Lemon Butter Cookies
- Double Chocolate Mint Cookies
- Reeses Krispie No Bake Cookies
These super soft sugar cookies are delicious and once you try them you’ll agree. With the added sugar cookie icing on top, these cookies are irresistibly good.