Frosted Sugar Cookies

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Soft and chewy Frosted Sugar Cookies with buttercream, topped with sprinkles is an easy recipe that’s fun to make with kids.

Frosted Christmas Sugar Cookies

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

Frosted sugar cookies are a classic dessert. That’s why every household needs a go-to delicious and easy sugar cookie recipe.

Whether you want to keep them simple and easy or make them fancy with decorations for an upcoming holiday, this recipe will provide you with an amazingly delicious foundation for your dessert.

Soft and Chewy Frosted Sugar Cookies

It is super customizable, great with or without frosting, and you can easily switch up the flavors. I recommend using real vanilla extract for the best flavor.

In cookie making sure your butter is the perfect softness this can make or break the shape, texture, and size of your cookies. Room temperature is best. Cream of Tartar is also important as a leavening agent.

This recipe calls for powder sugar in the cookie, not granulated. This gives an extra sweetness and smoother texture to the cookie batter.

Easy sugar cookies recipe with icing.
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, oil, white sugar and powdered sugar until well combined and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar and soda. Gradually add dry mixture to wet ingredients, until well combined.
  3. Transfer dough to smaller bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 2-3 hours, overnight is best.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass into water then slightly flatten balls.
  5. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Cool slightly on rack then remove. Store in airtight container.
Sugar Cookies

These cookies are like a blank slate, eat the plain as cookie jar favorites, or frost with your favorite buttercream and top with sprinkles to match the holiday.

You can even get a little fancy and turn them into something extra fun, like these mini sugar cookie fruit pizzas. Or try adding some coconut and lime into your sugar cookies like in these Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies.

These Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies are rich, soft cookies that are lightly sweetened with a hint of cozy nutmeg!

Christmas sugar cookies with white icing and sprinkles on top.
An iced sugar cookie with a bite out of it.

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Soft and chewy Frosted Sugar Cookies with buttercream, topped with sprinkles. This is an easy recipe that's fun to make with kids.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Additional Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 40 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 48 cookies

Ingredients 

Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 4 cups flour all-purpose
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • colored decorating sugar, if desired

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2-4 teaspoons heavy cream or milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, oil, white sugar and powdered sugar until well combined and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar and soda. Gradually add dry mixture to wet ingredients, until well combined.
  • Transfer dough to smaller bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 2-3 hours, overnight is best.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass into water then slightly flatten balls.
  • Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Cool slightly on rack then remove. Store in airtight container.

Frosting Directions

  • To make the frosting, beat the butter for 2 or 3 minutes until fluffy. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla and enough of the milk or cream to make a spreadable consistency. Tint the frosting whatever color is desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g · Calories: 196kcal · Carbohydrates: 20g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 13g · Saturated Fat: 6g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g · Monounsaturated Fat: 3g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 27mg · Sodium: 87mg · Potassium: 28mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 12g · Vitamin A: 247IU · Calcium: 5mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 8/30/19 – recipe notes and photos updated 6/10/22}

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