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Soft Sugar Cookies

January 15, 2018

Super soft sugar cookies with a delicate vanilla flavor and texture. They’re so good that you’ll want to eat them all as soon as they’re out of the oven. You’ve been warned!

If you’re looking for sugar cookies that keep their shape then check out my other recipe for cut out sugar cookies

How to make the best soft sugar cookie recipe

I’m going to admit something to you. I never understood the hype around sugar cookies. I thought they were too sweet, and not too flavorful. But then I tried these cookies, and I realized I was wrong. so wrong.

These cookies were born by accident. I made my original recipe and ran out of sugar, so I swapped the rest with powdered sugar. When I tried them I couldn’t believe the difference it made. They tasted better and the texture was superb. This is now my favorite recipe for sugar cookies. They’re chewy, soft, and beautiful, and they have a delicious vanilla flavor.

How to make the best soft sugar cookie recipe

Why are these cookies so soft?

First, I use powdered sugar in the recipe, and experience has taught me that using powdered sugar in recipes make them incredibly soft, same as in my a-m-a-z-i-n-g melt-in-your-mouth vanilla pudding chocolate chip cookies. The reason for that is that powdered sugar has cornstarch in it, which helps give a soft texture to cookies and other baked goods. Make sure not to omit it from the recipe!

Second, I underbake the cookies to keep them soft in the center, as I do with almost all my cookies. I’m on team soft, chewy cookies, not flat, crunchy cookies. If you’re anything like me, make sure not to overbake your cookies. Don’t wait until they’re golden brown on top, but rather just slightly brown around the edges.

Simple sugar cookie recipe that taste amazing!

How to make these soft sugar cookies

I love making cookies because it’s so easy. You’ll need to use room temperature butter, and mix it with the sugars for about 4 minutes until it’s fluffy. You can do this with a stand mixer or a hand mixer. Next, add the egg and vanilla, then the dry ingredients. Shape dough into balls and roll in granulated sugar. This adds another delicious layer to the cookies. Bake and indulge.

Chewy and soft sugar cookies with a delicate vanilla flavor

How long can you keep sugar cookies?

Unfortunately mine never last too long to tell, but 3 days at room temperature is ideal. I always recommend that if you make a large batch, place some in an airtight container, and freeze. Freezing is the best way to keep cookies fresh. If I’m craving a cookie, I’ll take one or two cookies out of the freezer and either warm it in the oven, or let it thaw to room temperature.

The softest vanilla sugar cookies in the world!

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My funfetti cookies recipe is similar to this sugar cookies recipe, watch how to make it:

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How to make the best soft sugar cookie recipe
Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 27 mins
YIELD: 24 cookies
 

Ingredients
  • 2 and 1/8 cups (300 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks/227 g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (130 g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (85 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar, for rolling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, granulated sugar, and powdered sugar on medium-low speed for 4 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla extract just until combined. Add flour mixture and beat just until combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Place ¼ cup sugar in a small bowl. Shape dough into balls, the size of 1.5 tablespoons each (I use this ice cream scoop for that), then roll them in the sugar and place on the cookie sheets, spacing them 2-inches apart. Bake for 11-12 minutes until cookies just begin to brown at the edges, but the center is still soft (you don't want to overbake them). Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, then gently transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Cookies can also be frozen for up to 2 months.

 

The best pillowy soft and chewy sugar cookie recipe! They taste just like childhood with a super soft, melt in your mouth texture. Great for the holidays!

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56 Comments

  • Reply
    Rosalie
    January 21, 2018 at 10:26 am

    These were amazing…thank you

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    Miri
    February 4, 2018 at 9:06 am

    I tried it and it so yummy and soft, I LOVE IT, thank you very much!!

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    Alena
    April 2, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    These are so great! Couldn’t stop eating them! Thank you for the recipe!

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    Georgia
    August 26, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    These aren’t gonna stay in my cookie jar for long, thank you for the recipe – they’re delicious!

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    Lolo
    September 2, 2018 at 12:32 am

    This cookie recipe came out delicious. Thank you

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    Riley
    October 14, 2018 at 10:25 am

    OMG They were so good I can’t believe it I am not even a teen and I made these

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    ANgela Conty
    November 2, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    THese are so good. I added cinnamon and sugar mixture. Wow stays soft for 4 days. That’s how long it lasted with my husband.

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    Riley Jones
    November 3, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Shiran I am not even a teen and I made these for my church and everyone LOVED them I will totally make these again

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    Alaura
    November 10, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Looking forward to trying these this Christmas! Can these be rolled out and cut as well?

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      Shiran
      November 11, 2018 at 8:36 am

      If you’re looking for sugar cookies that keep their shape during baking then check out this recipe for cut out sugar cookies.

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    Steven
    November 15, 2018 at 4:37 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! I tend to bake a lot more in the colder weather and I like to experiment with different recipes online. I love this one in particular because I swapped out the vanilla extract for pumpkin pie spice extract and the texture makes it so much more like pie! Thanks again!

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    Julia
    November 16, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Best. Sugar. Cookies. Ever. Thank you! Bookmarking this one for sure ❤️

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    Kathy
    November 21, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Omg, my family and I loved these!

    I’m definitely going to make these again! My family said these and your Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip cookies that I also made tonight are the best cookies I ever made! And I bake cookies about 4 or 5 times a year!

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    stacey a geiermann
    December 6, 2018 at 8:21 am

    hello, what would you think about adding some fresh cranberries? would it work?

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      Shiran
      December 9, 2018 at 11:09 am

      I usually add dried fruit to these kind of cookies. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure how it will affect the cookies.

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    Raquel
    December 8, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Soooo good! Thank you for this recipe! And thank you to you guys who commented and rated it and convinced me to give it a try.

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    Lori
    December 14, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Can you omit rolling and sugar? I wanted to frost them

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      Shiran
      December 15, 2018 at 5:44 am

      Yes you can!

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    Trelene
    December 15, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    I don’t have a mixing bowl with paddle attachment what can i do instead?

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      Shiran
      December 16, 2018 at 7:52 am

      Hi Trelene. I always use a mixer. You can search google on how to make cookies without using a mixer.

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      Nancy Warren
      October 19, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      I just made them today using a hand mixer. Worked fine.

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    Sandra
    December 16, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I just made these. I used half granulated sugar and half Tang in the mix and they came out delicious! I also added some Tang in with the sugar to roll in. Nice subtle orange flavor and a pleasant tang. They won’t last long!

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    Denise Brown
    December 16, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Love these! So soft and yummy. However, my dough seemed too moist, I wasn’t able to roll into balls and I had to bake for 14 mins instead of recommended 12.; any idea what I may have done for these things to have happened? They are awesome and I will make them again!!!

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      Shiran
      December 18, 2018 at 8:19 am

      Hi Denise. This can happen if you measure the ingredients by volume and not by weight, and it also depends on the type of flour you use. You can add a bit more flour to the dough if it happens again.

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    Jolean gernandt
    December 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    We absolutely loved loved loved them.thank you so much.
    We’re happy baking!!

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    Sarah
    December 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Can you add m&m’s or chocolate chips to this recipe?

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      Shiran
      December 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Yes you can! These are delicate cookies so if possible, use mini chocolate chips.

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    Loretta
    December 20, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I made these with my son and they were absolutely delicious. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Courtney
    December 23, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    WOW!!! I just found this recipe last night as I was looking for a tastier soft sugar cookie. These cookies are amazing!! I have literally made 4 batches of these for my family and for a Christmas party. Best sugar cookie and maybe my favorite ever! 🙂

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    Sarah W.
    December 24, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I tried this recipe and it tastes great but when I cooked it it was too runny and it all ran together I double checked the recipe but I didn’t do anything wrong ate there any tips you can give me for next time?

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    Sarah W.
    December 24, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I tried this recipe but when I cooked them they were too runny and they all ran together. I double checked the recipe but I didn’t do anything wrong so I was wondering if u could give me any tips for next time?

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      Shiran
      December 25, 2018 at 6:48 am

      Hi Sarah, maybe the flour wasn’t measured accurately. If the dough is too soft or sticky, try to add more flour next time. It will also help if you chill the dough for several hours before baking.

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    Mamadee
    December 29, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Best recipe hands down. We have made these twice in one week. We never have to worry about storage lol, because they are demolished in a matter of minutes.

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    Danielle Fasse
    December 30, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Wow! These are the most delicious sugar cookies I have ever tasted! I will definitely be saving this recipe!

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    Marin
    January 3, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    The cookies were very delicious! I will say, one thing I did to half of the batch is add sprinkles, and then put them on pan, then add sprinkles to top. After that I took a spoon and pressed down, that I think helped make them a bit more flat. Overall these cookies were perfect! My siblings said they were great, and asked for more!

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    Madeleine
    January 11, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    It tasted great. However, I think that the cooking time was under-estimated. It took almost 20 minuets for the cookies to be done baking. Anyone else had this?

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    Marisol
    January 21, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    This was my first time baking. I found your recipe and was so happy that I did. The cookies were deliciously wonderful. They turned out Perfect! My family really enjoyed them. I added chocolate chips to a second batch and they were soooo good! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

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    Wendy
    January 22, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    I made these cookies today. They are soooo good! I modified it a little with 2 teaspoons of vanilla, 1 teaspoon of almond extract and 1 teaspoon of lemon extract. I felt like the came from the bakery. This recipe is a keeper!

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    Leah
    February 10, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Can I use this recipe for cut outs? I see you have a separate recipe but I loved these cookies at Christmas and I was hoping to make heart shaped sugar cookies this Valentine’s Day. Should I stick with your cut out cookie method?

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      Shiran
      February 21, 2019 at 5:40 am

      Hi Leah. You should stick to the other recipe. These cookies are more soft and moist.

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    Jeanette
    March 3, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Made these with my toddler. Loved how simple the recipe was and the cookies had great texture. Not too sweet.

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    Roberta
    March 12, 2019 at 10:43 am

    I need a sugar cookie recipe that does well in high altitude. What do I need to adjust in this recipe? When I tried these with the regular recipe, they ran all over the pan, so What suggestions do you have?

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    Claudia
    March 29, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Amazing!!!!

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    Claudia
    March 29, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Amazing
    I’m trymg to give it 5 stars but it won’t let me

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    Sarahjane
    April 7, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Made these on a whim last night and they are beautiful. I’m having trouble not eating them all. . . I want to try these as a base for a snickerdoodle or maybe add a touch of nutmeg next time. Thank you for the quick, easy, and delightful recipe.

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    Joanna
    April 8, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Could I make these into snickerdoodle cookies by adding cinnamon to the mix and using cinnamon sugar for rolling?

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      Shiran
      April 11, 2019 at 4:18 am

      Yes you can 🙂

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    Kelsey
    April 19, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Soft, chewy, buttery! These are amazing cookies!

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      Ram
      July 1, 2019 at 9:39 am

      AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mackenzie
    May 31, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Absolutely delicious. I made these for a family who just moved into the neighborhood . The mother of the family (who actually has her own cooking and baking blog) HAD to have the recipe. She said they were so good she didn’t want to share with anyone else! I completely agree with her ! I had to get rid of the extra (because I made 2 batches) or else I would have gained 15 lbs!

    These sugar cookies are extremely soft and have the most amazing texture. They truly are perfection! The only adjustment I ended up making was adding 2 & 1/2 tsp of almond extract, which really just adds to the flavor of these delicious cookies! I highly recommend making them with almond extract! You WILL NOT be disappointed! For bigger cookies, I made some with 2 Tbs of cookie batter and increased the bake time by a couple of minutes. TRULY a hit with the whole neighborhood!

    Thanks for sharing! I will definitely be making these over and over again!

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    Julie
    June 26, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    My new favorite cookie recipe! Very soft when following the recommended timing.

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    Joy Nash
    August 18, 2019 at 4:24 am

    Hello.
    I made these cookies last week. My family devouerd them.
    I’ve made them 4 times…….in one week!
    I love soft cookies and hadn’t been able to find a truly soft cookie recipe……until now.
    I’m over the moon in love with these pillow soft party in my mouth gems.
    I must make double batches to keep up with the demand.
    Thank you for your recipe👍💖

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    Tiffany
    August 27, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Today my 3yo was put on a soft food diet after an injury. Seeking recipe ideas I found this one and tried it, but ran put of sugar. My daughter had fun however, rolling the cookie balls in powdered sugar. My oldest son said they are delicious and especially loves them with the powdered sugar.

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    Dayon
    September 7, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Hi, I was wondering what temperature to bake them at! Would it be around 180º C?

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    Tracye Waldroup
    November 10, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I’ve made my sugar cookies with powdered sugar for years. The best cookies ever!

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    Abby
    November 16, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    They are beautiful and tast so good but it took a lot more time then I thought

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