Soft sugar cookies

photo of a plate of sugar cookies
There’s a lot of sugar cookie recipes out there, but I don’t often see soft sugar cookies. These sugar cookies are easy to make and decorate and are soft and chewy all the way through. This is BF’s favorite cookie recipe so of course, I made to make him some cookies to take home for Christmas.
photo of a stack of sugar cookies
The cookies came out perfect. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to decorate them. I did some with nonpareils and some with sanding sugar.  I like the look of the nonpareils the best. Next time I might try some regular sprinkles or the little Christmas trees or gingerbread men sprinkles I had.

Soft Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These soft and chewy sugar cookies are easy to make and decorate.


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 14 tbsp (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • sprinkles for decorating


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.

  2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, then the eggs, until combined.
  3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly mix in the flour mixture until combined. Refrigerate dough for about an hour.
  4. Heat oven to 350°F. Using palms, roll 1 tablespoon of dough at a time into balls, then dips tops of balls into sprinkles. Place balls on baking sheets, spaced 2 inches apart.

  5. Bake cookies about 10-12 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a baking rack to cool completely.


Recipe adapted from Lovin' from the Oven

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2 comments on “Soft sugar cookies”

  1. Hi, sorry, is a tablespoon for the vanilla the right amount?

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