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How to Make Soft Sugar Cookies

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Do you prefer hard or soft sugar cookies? I have always preferred soft cookies, but it took me years to find a recipe that actually made melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies.

This recipe has been used for at least ten years so I honestly don’t know where it came from at this point. All I know is that every year, people comment on how much they love them and ask for the recipe. I make them thick and cook them for the least amount of time possible without them being raw. It has taken a lot of trial and error to get them just right.

The frosting allows for the cookies to be stacked once they are dry, which is great for storing and making cookie tins to give away. I usually make at least three colors so I can make several designs.

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Soft Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

A soft sugar cookie made with cream cheese
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American



  • 2 cups butter softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups flour all-purpose


  • 3 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon shortening butter-flavored
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons milk
  • food coloring optional


  • In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.
  • Gradually beat in flour (½ cup at a time).
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350° and grease cookie sheets.
  • On lightly floured surface, roll dough to ¼ inch thickness.
  • Cut with cookie cutters.
  • Place at least 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake until firm but not brown, 10-12 minutes.
  • Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from cookie sheet and cool on wire rack.


  • Beat butter, shortening, and vanilla until combined.
  • Beat in powdered sugar.
  • Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until spreading consistency is reached.
  • Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add food coloring (optional).

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