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This soft sugar cookie recipe is a state fair blue ribbon winner, and it's so easy, anyone can make it. Just mix up the dough, roll it into balls (no rolling pin required!), coat with sugar, and bake. These soft, chewy sugar cookies can be decorated with any color sugar, making them perfect for holidays and other special occasions like baby showers, engagement parties, and birthdays.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
10 mins
25 mins
24 cookies

Did you know you can make bakery-worthy soft sugar cookies at home with pantry staples you likely already have on hand? This soft sugar cookie recipe will quickly become a staple in your dessert rotation. 

Soft Sugar Cookie Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this irresistibly soft sugar cookie recipe: 

· Shortening and butter: This sugar cookie recipe calls for both shortening and butter for the softest, most tender results. 
· Sugars: The cookies are sweetened with white sugar and decorated (if desired) with colored decorating sugar. 
· Eggs: Whole eggs add moisture and act as a binding agent. 
· Vanilla: Vanilla extract lends complexity and enhances the overall flavor.
· Flour: All-purpose flour creates structure and helps hold the dough together.
· Baking powder: Baking powder acts as a leavener, which means it helps the cookies rise. 
· Salt: A teaspoon of salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients. 

round cookies decorated for Valentine's Day with pink frosting and piped white frosting hearts and swirls
Credit: magicallydelicious

How to Make Soft Sugar Cookies

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make these super soft sugar cookies: 

1. Beat the wet ingredients together. 
2. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients. 
3. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir to combine. 
4. Roll the dough into balls and roll in decorating sugar (if desired).
5. Bake until the cookies are light brown on the bottom. 

How to Store Soft Sugar Cookies

Store these sugar cookies in a shallow, airtight container for up to four days. Place a slice of bread in the container to absorb the dry air — this will keep the cookies extra soft. 

Soft Sugar Cookies IV
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Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This is a great sugar cookie recipe," according to suzi. "All of the kids loved them. I frosted them with a powdered sugar frosting that I use for cut-out cookies. The cookies turned out perfect."

"This was the sugar cookie recipe I was looking for," says one Allrecipes community member. "It came together easily in my stand mixer and turned out perfect... soft and sweet! I used a cookie scoop to make handling the dough easier... it's very sticky."

"Amazing," says MCSPAD85. "Everybody loves them and they always remain soft even a couple days after baking. Although they never last that long."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place decorating sugar in a small bowl (or use several colors and separate bowls).

  • Beat shortening and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in sugar until incorporated, then mix in eggs, one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Mix in vanilla.

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl until combined. Gradually add to the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated and the dough comes together.

  • Roll dough into walnut-sized balls. Roll each ball in sugar to coat, then place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until light brown on the bottoms, 10 to 12 minutes, switching racks halfway through. Remove from the oven and transfer to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

226 calories; protein 2.5g; carbohydrates 28.7g; fat 11.4g; cholesterol 29.1mg; sodium 128.6mg. Full Nutrition