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Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

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These Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies are just what you’re looking for! Bakery-style cookies topped with frosting and sprinkles. Be sure to check out the rest of my cookie recipes while you’re at it 🙂

frosted sugar cookies on a baking sheet

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

I’m posting about amazing {and I do mean amazing} cookies today! After testing this recipe off and on for the last two months, I’ve finally gotten it to perfection and I just knew that I had to share it with you 🙂

These Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies are easy, simple, and bakery-inspired. They really will become one of your go-to recipes because they are melt in your mouth tender, super vanilla-y, and pretty darn easy on the eyes. #iloveprettyfood If you’re in the mood for sweets, MAKE THESE and enjoy 🙂

Main Ingredients Needed

Here is everything you’ll need to make these frosted sugar cookies!

  • Butter + Canola Oil – these two create the softest most flavorful cookies. If you don’t have canola oil use vegetable oil.
  • Sugar – to sweeten and to keep things light.
  • Eggs – these are used for structure and texture.
  • Vanilla – use the real stuff if you can!
  • Flour – this fills out the sugar cookies.
  • Cornstarch – this creates a crumbly and tender texture. This is not an ingredient you can replace!
  • Baking Soda + Baking Powder – these two help the cookies rise.

For the Frosting

  • Butter – for flavor and silky texture. Make sure this is softened.
  • Powdered Sugar – to sweeten while maintaining that soft texture.
  • Vanilla – to flavor.
  • Milk – to thin out the frosting, if needed.

How to Make Frosted Sugar Cookies

For full details on how to make frosted sugar cookies, see the recipe card down below 🙂

Cream butter, oil, and sugar together until smooth and light. Stir in eggs and vanilla and whip until light and fluffy. Stir in dry ingredients slowly until all incorporated.

Refrigerate dough for 2-3 hours.

Step 2: Preheat + Prep

Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 3: Roll Out + Cut

Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and roll it out on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 2-inch circles and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet.

Step 4: Bake + Cool

Bake 7-9 minutes or until barely golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.

Step 5: Make Frosting

For the frosting, stir butter, sugar, and vanilla together with the mixer on low. Slowly pour in milk until frosting starts to come together and becomes thick, light, and fluffy. {Go slow to make sure it stays on the thicker side!} Whip 1 minute.

Step 6: Decorate!

Spread each cookie with a generous amount of frosting and top with a variety of sprinkles. Serve.

soft frosted sugar cookies

Make Frosted Sugar Cookies Ahead of Time

The beauty of these frosted sugar cookies is that you can make them ahead of time! Keep the dough chilled in the fridge for up to a week or roll out, cut, and freeze for up to three months.

Make the frosting fresh for the best results!

frosted sugar cookies with sprinkles

More Sugar Cookies to Try!

Try these Frosted Sugar Cookies out and let me know what you think!!

The printable recipe card is down below. Have a great day, friends!!

4.84 from 12 votes

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

These Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies are just what you're looking for! Bakery-style cookies topped with frosting and sprinkles, so good!
servings 36
Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 8 mins

Ingredients

for the cookies-

for the frosting-

Instructions

  • Cream butter, oil, and sugar together until smooth and light. Stir in eggs and vanilla and whip until light and fluffy. Stir in dry ingredients slowly until all incorporated.
    3/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup canola oil, 2 cups granulated sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 3 cups all purpose flour, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    sugar cookie dough in a metal bowl with a spatula
  • Refrigerate dough for 2-3 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and roll it out on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 2-inch circles and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet.
    cut out sugar cookie dough on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Bake 7-9 minutes or until barely golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.
  • For the frosting, stir butter, sugar, and vanilla together with the mixer on low. Slowly pour in milk until frosting starts to come together and becomes thick, light, and fluffy. {Go slow to make sure it stays on the thicker side!} Whip 1 minute.
    1/2 cup butter, 1 lb powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1-2 tablespoons cold milk
    buttercream frosting in a metal bowl with a spatula
  • Spread each cookie with a generous amount of frosting and top with a variety of sprinkles. Serve.
    frosted sugar cookies on parchment paper

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 212IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: frosted sugar cookies, soft sugar cookies

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  1. Veronica

    5 stars
    These sugar cookies are my kid’s new favorite ,I’ve stored these goodies in a cookie jar for my family tea time.

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  3. taylor johnson @tayloright

    5 stars
    These sugar cookies look so perfect they seem to be something you would find in the grocery store! But store-bought cookies are NOTHING like homemade! Thanks for this sugar cookie recipe!

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  5. Kara Mathys @Wellnessgrit

    5 stars
    I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never had soft baked sugar cookies! This recipe looks great though so hopefully that will change! Thanks for posting it Lauren!

  6. Christina Moore

    5 stars
    This recipe is certainly something a cooking fan would love. But based on the results, I am guessing anyone would be excited to come up with these cookies as well. They certainly look like they come from a bakery, and I am guessing they would go well with a glass of milk.

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