February 3, 2013

super soft, sugar cookies

I love soft sugar cookies!! Well, I love the crunchy ones too....but, if I had to choose...I would go with soft. I came across this recipe on the net and was intrigued by the claim that this cookie was guaranteed to turn out a soft, puffy cookie. I have to say, I was not let down!! The dough was perfect...easy to roll out, easy to cut out and easily lifted from the table with a metal spatula. The secret to this dough: cake flour. Buy it, use it, you'll like it!!

These little colorful heart shaped sprinkles I used are the bomb! They remind me of the 80's with their bright colors. And....being as I was a teenager in the 80's....it just kinda warms my heart is all.

I also had some teeny tiny heart sprinkles: red, pink and white. See below.

I really liked the recipe for the butter cream...so definitely try it if you get the chance. I'll use it again for sure. It is really just a basic butter cream recipe but was just right in my opinion.

{recipe found on the wonderful blog A Bountiful Kitchen}

Soft Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cups cake flour

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix. Chill dough before rolling. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick, cut out shapes and bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Butter cream Frosting

1 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
a bit of milk, start with 1 Tbsp and mix, add more milk as necessary to desired spreading consistency
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat softened butter and powdered sugar til smooth. Add milk and vanilla, mix well. Tint frosting with food coloring. Decorate with sprinkles while frosting is still wet. Enjoy!!


  1. I am always looking for a good soft sugar cookie recipe. Never heard of using cake flour before. They sure look yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Liz, I never used cake flour for cookies either! So glad I found this recipe...hope you try it...let me know!

  2. They look divine. I will be giving these a try. Thanks for the idea. I haven't had sugar cookies for a while.

    1. Hi Bonnie, I love sugar cookies, but I don't make them very often because of the extra steps of chilling the dough, rolling out, cutting out....LOL! But, when I do make them, I'm always glad I did. Plus, everyone in this house devours them.

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    1. Hi Kathy! I hope you like this recipe!! You should take a few to your friends at the library!! :)

  4. Mmmm...and do I see a finger swipe in the icing? :)
    Only problem is...I simply can't stop at one! Guess I'd better make these for a special occasion.

    1. Hi Alica, I cannot believe you noticed the finger swipe in the frosting!!! hahaha! You are quite the detective! hehehe! Yes, I did a lot of sampling on that frosting....dang it was so good! :)

  5. I have a very similar recipe that I use every Christmas (virtually the ONLY time I make sugar cookies) but it calls for regular flour. .I think I have some cake flour. .and some time on Saturday. .they would be a great treat for Valentines day. .I also love that homemade frosting!! You've inspired me!

    1. Hi Melanie!! I know what you mean about making cut outs, seems like that is a common feeling..haha! I make them at Christmas, and Halloween because I have fond memories of Jack o Lantern cut outs that my older sisters made when I was a kid..they're 10 years older than me.

  6. I love cut out cookies! Will definitely be trying this recipe. Does the icing stiffen enough that you could stack the cookies or no?

  7. Mmmm, I love sugar cookies. Your blog is inspiring!

    Please Follow back if you can :)

    Chelsea M.

  8. Beautiful cookies, very nice photo!!!!

  9. Bonnie,
    What a lovely blog you have! Beautiful photos. This recipe comes from my friend Curt Cutler, of Cutler's cookies in Bountiful, UT. Cutler's makes all of their cookies with cake flour, it works well in our high altitude (4000+) feet, since we have so many issues with flat baked goods here. It is a good way to start out making cookies as well if you are a beginner baker, because it has such a low level of gluten that it is difficult to over mix! Hope your readers enjoy this recipe! Happy baking!