I love a good frosted sugar cookie once in a while as long as they are super soft. Anything hard and crumbly is just not my cup of tea. The store bought packaged sugar cookies in the plastic containers are one of the best. The sugar cookies are so soft and the icing is just the right amount of sweet.
I happened to come across this recipe that mentions that these were very close to the store bought versions. They looked thick and soft so I thought we’d see how they fair. They are yummy! I can’t believe how light and fluffy they are and oh so soft.
The only thing I would change is the size the recipe wants you to make these cookies. The original recipe wants you to use 1/4 cup of dough per sugar cookie! I made mine slightly smaller with a large cookie scoop and they are still very big cookies. They take up my entire palm of my hand! Next time I will make them even smaller with my medium cookie scoop instead.
Soft Sugar Cookies
adapted from Tracey’s Culinary Adventure
4 & 1/2 cups flour
4 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons salt
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
1 & 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs, room temp
5 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350°. With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla.
2. In a separate bowl; combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
3. Scoop generous amount of dough (I used a large cookie scoop) and roll by hand into a ball. Place on parchment lined baking sheets about 2″ apart and flatten slightly.
4. Bake for 12 minutes or until edges start to set. Remove from oven and let rest on baking sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to cooling racks. Cool completely before frosting cookies.
5 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
7 – 8 tablespoons milk
Whisk together all of the frosting ingredients. Add or leave out as much milk as needed to get the frosting consistency you want. Frost cookies and add sprinkles if desired.