Super soft, delicious sugar cookies! Some sugar cookies look great but taste a sugary rock… not these! This is a recipe passed down to me from my mom. Making sugar cookies is a holiday tradition! We make them for Valentine’s Day and Christmas, and then decorate them with the frosting recipe at the bottom.
These soft sugar cookies are a great afternoon project for mom and kids to make together, and hand out to the all people they love on Valentine’s Day! You will need a rolling pin and cookie cutters, in addition to the usual baking supplies of mixing bowls, spoons, measuring cups, and measuring spoons.
For another delicious holiday confection, try my lazy recipe for Fairly Fabulous Fudge!
Soft Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup Butter
- 2 cups Sugar
- 1 cup Whole Milk
- 1 cup Sour milk (Add 2 tsp of vinegar to fresh milk to sour it.)
- 2 tsp. Baking soda
- 2 tsp. Baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 3 tsp. Vanilla
- 6 cups Flour
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Cream butter and sugar and vanilla.
- Dissolve baking soda in milk.
- Stir together baking powder, salt, and flour.
- Using a wooden spoon, incorporate the flour mixture and milks alternately, a little at a time, into the butter/sugar mixture until all ingredients are combined.
- Once dough is completely mixed, cover the bowl and chill in the refrigerator for at 1-2 hours (or overnight.)
- Roll dough 1/4" thick and cut with cookie cutters.
- Bake 10-12 minutes until cookies are soft set and very lightly golden. Do not overbake.
- Remove from heat and cool before frosting.
Pipe or spread cookies with this frosting:
- 1 cup Vegetable Shortening or Butter If you want your frosting to be white, use vegetable shortening.
- 4 cups Confectioner's Sugar
- ½ tsp. Almond extract
- 2 Tbsp milk
- Mix all ingredients with an electric mixer until light and creamy.
- If frosting is too thick for piping or spreading, add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
- Color frosting as desired with icing color.
- Spread or pipe on cookies.