Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

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By Linda Smith | Oct 5, 2015

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Soft sugar cookies decorated with white frosting and colorful sprinkles are perfect for any Christmas celebration.
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  • About 2 dozen cookies




  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, very soft
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 2 pounds confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond emulsion or almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon crème bouquet flavoring (see note following instructions)
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • Dash of salt
  • Orange juice, optional
  • Food coloring
  • Decorations


  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Line cookie sheets with baking mats or parchment paper, if desired. Do not grease cookie sheets.To make Cookies:2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda, and whisk to blend thoroughly. Cut in shortening. Add egg, cream cheese and vanilla, and mix well.
  • Roll dough out on a floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness, and cut out cookies using holiday cookie cutters. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. (They’ll look like they aren’t done, but they are. Do not over-bake them, or they’ll be crunchy instead of soft.)
  • Carefully transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.To make Frosting:6. Combine confectioners’ sugar, shortening, water, vanilla, almond emulsion, cr?me bouquet and butter flavorings, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy, about 5 to 7 minutes. If the frosting is too thick, thin it down with a bit of orange juice.
  • Color frosting as desired, then frost and decorate cooled cookies.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Store any leftover frosting, covered tightly with plastic wrap, at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.Note: Crème bouquet flavoring is available in cake and candy supply stores and online. You can make a similar version by combining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon almond extract and 1 teaspoon butter extract.Make sure to stock up on holiday goodies this year! See Easy Christmas Candy Recipes and Holiday Cookie Recipes for more ideas.
Published on Oct 5, 2015