If you know me well, you know that I try to take care of my body, whether it’s through exercise or food. But when it comes to the holidays and family traditions, I don’t hold back! So if I’m going to eat a sugar cookie, it better be amazing and worth the calories!
What I love about this time of year is the tradition I’ve made with my family.
It’s a family affair when we bust out these cookies every year. The kids look forward to it all: the mixing, the rolling, flour everywhere, picking out the cookie cutters, the smells, the tastes and then the frosting and decorating! I’m no connoisseur of sugar cookies, but I’m not a fan of the hard, crunchy sugar cookies with hard, crunchy icing. Just a personal preference (insert shrug). Give me all the soft sugar cookies! They need to be soft and thick, and the frosting needs to be fluffy and smooth.
So let me introduce you to a mind-blowing experience for your taste buds: the SOFTEST and best sugar cookies. Ever.
You are welcome.
From start to finish, these will be an instant hit with your family! Not only am I sharing the softest sugar cookie recipe, but I’m also passing along the fluffiest frosting recipe too. The two recipes go hand in hand — ALWAYS. It’ll be a disservice if you separate the two. The recipes are self explanatory — really simple and easy to follow, and the outcome is amazing!
The Softest Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. baking soda
4 tsp. baking powder
4 ½ – 5 cups flour; enough so it isn’t too sticky
½ tsp. salt
1. Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.
2. Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
3. Sift dry ingredients together and add to butter mixture.
4. Chill for at least 1/2 hour. Roll out dough to about 1/2 inch thick.
5. Bake for 11-13 minutes (cookies will be softer the next day and after frosting them).
Makes about 2½ dozen cookies. Extra dough can be stored in the freezer.
The Fluffiest Frosting
¼ cup water
¾ cup shortening
½ cup butter
½ tsp salt
½ tsp vanilla
5 cups powdered sugar
Add first five ingredients and mix. Slowly add powdered sugar in about 1 cup at a time. Mix well and add color as needed. Store extra in the fridge.