You know the clamshell of deliciously puffy Frosted Sugar Cookies at the grocery store? You know the ones I mean, you can find them pre-packaged at Walmart, Target, and your local grocery store.
I’m going to show you how to easily make them at home – and they’re even better fresh!
Sometimes they’re dressed up funfetti-like with white buttercream and rainbow sprinkles. Other times they’re green for St. Paddy’s Day, pink and red for Valentine’s, or red and green for Christmas.
However they’re decked out, they’re delicious.
And you won’t believe how easy these cookies are to make! The only trick is to read the recipe through before you begin because the dough needs some time to chill in the fridge.
Note that the dough is sticky; it’s supposed to be, so don’t add more flour. After it’s chilled in the fridge you can scoop the dough into balls or roll it out on a floured surface to stamp out cookie shapes.
- Cream cheese in the batter instead of all-butter keeps these cookies moist with a little more richness.
- Cornstarch keeps them soft and tender, and helps these cookies spread out less.
- A combination of baking powder and baking soda as leavening agents makes these cookies fluffier.
Frosted Sugar Cookies Ingredients
For the Cookies:
- Unsalted butter
- Cream cheese
- Pure vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
For the Frosting:
- Salted butter
- Powdered sugar
- Pure vanilla extract
How to Make Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies From Scratch
To start, measure out all the ingredients to make this recipe.
Beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a large bowl. Make sure the butter and cream cheese are at room temperature so they’re easy to cream together.
Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients all at once. I love that there’s no need to dirty another bowl!
Beat the dough to incorporate the dry ingredients.
The dough will be very sticky. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the dough and refrigerate until stiffened, about 2 hours.
And now you’re ready scoop out or roll out the dough! If you roll it out, be sure to do it on a generously floured surface and also flour your rolling pin.
I find it’s easier to scoop out this dough. I like to use a 1 1/2-tablespoon scoop to scoop out the dough and roll it into balls.
Arrange the dough balls on a silpat or parchment-lined baking tray and lightly flatten each. If you want to flatten them uniformly, I lightly grease the bottom of a glass and use it to press each cookie.
Bake until the cookies are light golden on the bottom, puffed on top, and just stop looking doughy in the center.
After the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the tray, use a thin metal spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
While the cookies cool, make the frosting! This is as easy as beating together the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until creamy.
If you want, use food coloring to dye the frosting any color you like! Start with just a drop and work your way up because a little food coloring goes a long way.
Stir the frosting well so there aren’t any streaks of food coloring!
Frost the cookies once they’re completely cool. If you want to decorate the cookies with sprinkles, make sure to do it before the frosting hardens.
Pro Tip: Let the frosting harden before stacking or storing these cookies.
Can I Use Store-Bought Frosting to Frost Sugar Cookies?
Yes! If you don’t have time to whip up the frosting for these cookies, just pick up a can of your favorite store-bought frosting. You can still dye it seasonal colors if you want!
How Long Do Frosted Sugar Cookies Last?
These Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies will last for up to 1 week at room temperature, 2 weeks in the fridge, or up to 3 months in the freezer.
How to Store Sugar Cookies:
- Arrange them in a glass dish in single layers stacked between sheets of wax paper.
- Cover the top of the dish with plastic wrap.
- Place an airtight lid on the container. If the container doesn’t have an airtight lid, cover the top securely with foil.
More Fun Cookies to Make:
- Easter Cookies with Robin Eggs Candy and Toasted Coconut
- Soft Keto Sugar Cookies with Sugar Free Vanilla Frosting
- Thin and Crispy Chocolate Malted Milk Ball Cookies
- Soft and Chewy Coconut Cookies
- Paleo Cinnamon Raisin Noatmeal Cookies
- Chai-Spiced Vanilla Shortbread Cookies
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- Food coloring to color the frosting (optional)
- Sprinkles to decorate the cookies (optional)
For the Cookies:
- Use a handheld electric mixer to beat together the cream together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix until well-combined.
- Lay a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the cookie dough and refrigerate until the dough is stiffened, about 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 2 half sheet pans with parchment paper or silpat liners.
- Use a 1 1/2-tablespoon scoop to measure out the dough. Roll it into balls and arrange them 2 inches apart on the baking pans (8 cookies per half sheet pan works well). Slightly flatten each cookie dough ball.
- Bake until the cookies are light golden on the bottom, puffed on top, and just stop looking doughy in the center, rotating the trays once halfway through. This takes about 9 to 12 minutes. Be careful not to overbake, you don’t want these cookies golden on the top. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the trays, and then use a thin metal spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
For the Frosting:
- Use a handheld electric mixer to beat together all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
- If desired, add food coloring to the frosting. It’s easy to add too much coloring, so start off by adding just a tiny drop at a time and mixing it in well to see the color before you add more.
- Frost the cookies once they’re cool. Before the frosting sets, add sprinkles if desired.
- Nutrition information for this recipe was calculated without the food coloring or the sprinkles.
- This cookie dough is sticky. I find that it’s helpful to use a lightly greased glass (with coconut oil or butter) to lightly flatten each dough ball.
- Instead of scooping out the dough, after chilling you can roll this dough out on a floured surface and use cookie cutters to stamp out cookie shapes.
- Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. Let the frosting harden before stacking or storing these cookies.
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