Monday, December 23, 2019

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

My favorite cut out sugar cookies are made with my Grandma's recipe. They are soft and chewy and topped with delicious cream cheese frosting. They're perfect for a holiday treat.

Of course we always make them at Christmastime. But they're great for Valentines, Easter, Halloween or any other holiday. But don't limit it just to holidays, these cookies are great anytime of year.
cut out cookie in a star shape with dots of frosting

Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Update 12-23-19: This recipe was originally shared on 4-26-17.  I've added some fun pictures of Christmas shaped cookies from my mom's annual cookie decorating party.
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My oldest daughter needed to make some cookies to take to an activity. She wanted to make sugar cookies, so I decided it was the perfect time to share my favorite sugar cookie recipe.

My daughter is 14 now and she is a great little baker. The other night, my youngest two daughters had dance pictures.

By the time I got home, she had made dinner, complete with homemade bread sticks.

These cookies were a collaboration between the two of us. The batter needs to chill several hours or overnight, so she made it the night before they were needed. She was gone much of the next day, so I baked and frosted them for her.
Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

When I first started my blog, I would share a recipe {mostly desserts} every Friday. During that time, I shared the Best Ever Sugar Cookies.

This is the same recipe - only with updated pictures and added tips. Go check it out if you want to get a feel for how I started out.

My Favorite Sugar Cookies
My Grandma left a legacy of being a great baker and cook. This sugar cookie recipe has been passed down from her, to my mom, to me, and now to my kids. I hope they will pass it on to their kids as well.

Not only are these cookies soft, chewy and tasty, they bring back childhood memories of making cookies with my mom and sisters. A few of my Grandma's cookie recipes include: chocolate chip cookies and ginger snaps.

 Besides making regular sugar cookies, I use this recipe to make fruit pizza or fruit pizza cookies. YUM!
sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles

Tips for Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies:

1 - For soft, chewy cookies you want to make sure you roll out your dough very thick - like 3/8 of an inch thick. It's tempting for me to roll them out thinner - because it will make more cookies, right? But I prefer soft, thick cookies, so I have to remind myself not to roll them out too thin.

2 - Bake them for less time. I generally bake them 7 minutes. They should not start to brown, but should not be gooey. Another thing I have done is to lower the temperature to 325 and bake them 8-10 minutes.

But wait, what if I like crispy sugar cookies, do I need a whole different recipe?
No, my mom likes her cookies crunchier and she has always used this recipe - just use the following tips.

Tips for Crispy Sugar Cookies:

1 - For crisp sugar cookies you want to roll out the dough much thinner - less than 1/4 inch.

2 - Bake them longer - bake them until the edges start to brown a little. Since they are thinner, they will bake quicker and will only need an extra minute or two for a total of 7-9 minutes.

I hope this left you in the mood for sugar cookies. Do you have any sugar cookie tips to share?

Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe
Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe
Servings: 48
Author: Rachel Nielsen
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 8 MinTotal time: 28 Min
My favorite cut out sugar cookies are made with my Grandma's recipe. They are soft and chewy and topped with delicious cream cheese frosting.
Sugar Cookie
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3 1/2 c. flour
  • 2 t. cream of tartar
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 T. milk
  • 5 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • a few drops of food coloring
Sugar Cookies
  1. Cream butter and sugar. 
  1. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix well after each addition. 
  1. Stir in vanilla.
  1. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  1. Chill thoroughly (3-4 hours or overnight)
  1. Roll out dough on floured surface.
  1. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
  1. Bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes.
  1. Once cooled frost with cream cheese frosting and add sprinkles if desired.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Mix cream cheese with hand mixer until smooth and creamy.
  1. Add milk, vanilla and half of the powdered sugar and mix well.
  1. Mix in remaining powdered sugar.
  1. Add food coloring and mix well.
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* Separate the frosting into different bowls before adding food coloring if you want multiple colors of frosting. *The amount of cookies you get will depend on the size of the cookie as well as how thick you roll out the cookies.


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