Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

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These Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies are rumored to be even better than the ones you can find in grocery store bakeries.  I do not like the fake frosting on those kinds of cookies, so I think these homemade ones with a homemade buttery vanilla frosting are a much better alternative.  

I’ve made these many times (including for the Frozen Birthday Party), and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite cookies! I like that they can be customized for any holiday or party color scheme. I’ve been finding some really neat sprinkles lately that have blends of the small nonpareils with beads and shapes!

I love having a bunch of sprinkle mixes in my cabinet. When I decorate cakes or cookies I pull them all out and get creative. Even snowflake sprinkles you may think are only useful for winter can be repurposed for a Frozen or Tinkerbell themed dessert!

Also consider these Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars that can be colored and decorated to fit any theme!

soft frosted sugar cookies

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Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

These cookies look like the ones sold at grocery store bakeries but taste much better and can be customized to fit any theme!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill and Cool Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 large cookies


For the cookies:

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 5 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 5 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 5 1/3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (see note)
  • 4 – 8 tablespoons milk

For decorating:

  • Food coloring or gel (optional)
  • Sprinkles of choice (optional)


Make the cookies:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Beat on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy, ~2 – 3 minutes.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the bowl as needed. Blend in the vanilla.
  • With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.
  • Cover dough and chill for 1 hour.  Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • When dough is chilled, scoop a scant quarter cup of dough and roll into a ball. I weighed out the whole ball of dough on a kitchen scale and divided it by 24. Each of my cookies was around 2 ounces in weight.  Flatten the ball slightly depending on the thickness you desire. The cookies will only spread a bit and not flatten much during baking. Repeat this process with the remaining dough and space the cookies ~2 – 3 inches apart on the baking sheet.
  • Bake 10 – 12 minutes or just until set. Do not over bake!  The edges should not be brown. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the frosting:

  • Combine the powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and milk in a medium bowl by whisking until smooth. Start with the smaller amount of milk and add more if needed to reach spreadable consistency.  If you add too much milk, the frosting will slide off the cookies. You may add more powdered sugar to thicken if it is too thin.
  • Tint frosting with food coloring or gel as desired. Frost the cooled cookies with an offset spatula or spoon. Immediately decorate with sprinkles if desired, otherwise the frosting will crust and the sprinkles will not adhere well. If you need to step away for more than a moment, place a damp paper towel over the frosting to keep it from crusting.  If frosting begins to thicken, add a bit more milk.
  • Store the frosted cookies in an airtight container.


*This is a large amount of vanilla extract and will affect the color of the frosting. If you wish to have a lighter, butter-colored frosting, use clear vanilla extract.
Source: Adapted from Annie’s Eats and Hostess with the Mostess
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Keyword cookies, dessert

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