Soft, Moist Sugar Cookies

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I know there are a lot of sugar cookie recipes out there. Some people like the crunchy, hard ones that people give around Christmas time. I always keep them until my guest leaves and then throw them away. Others, like me, want their sugar cookies soft and moist.

I was given an amazing recipe for soft sugar cookies - then I lost it. In a fit of desperation I tried to make my own recipe and it WORKED! Woo hoo! 

Here is that recipe!

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Step 1: Ingredients

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6-7 tbsp. butter (softened)                         
1 1/3 c. sugar                                                 
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract                                   
1 egg
2 1/4 c. flour
3 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. milk


cookie sheet

**  The powdered sugar is for whatever frosting recipe you use. I don't have one I'm willing to share. This is not because it's so good and I want to make sure that only I can make it, but because it's so bad and I only used it to make my cookie prettier for the photo. The cookies don't even really need frosting.

Step 2: Butter, Sugar, Egg, Vanilla

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Put your soft butter in your bowl then put in the sugar. I know, it seems trivial but it actually makes life a lot easier to put the butter in first.

Use your beater to combine the two. Then add your egg and vanilla. Beat again until mixed.

Step 3: Dry Ingredients

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In a smaller bowl mix the flour, salt, and baking powder.

Step 4: Last Additions

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If you're following the pictures and are suddenly confused by the orange bowl - I put the wet mix in it.

Now add the dry ingredients in intervals and beat it into the butter mixture between each interval.

Once it becomes too difficult to mix it completely, add the milk.

i followed your recipe exactly. best sugar cookies i have ever had! the dough is incredible soft and sticky though, so i found it best to just drop small spoon fulls directly onto the pan instead of trying to roll it out and make shapes, they cook down into perfect circles that way. i made them yesterday and am making them again with my daughter since its easy enough for kids too. good job, great recipe!

sladek4 years ago
I presume "c." is short for cup?
If so, how big of a cup?

Cup as in measuring cup.

Caulerpa (author)  sladek4 years ago
A cup is ~16 tablespoons.
AidanG Caulerpa4 years ago
Or 8 oz, by volume. It's an English measure.
rmiller501 year ago
How many cookies does this make?
cyanidevii2 years ago
followed your recipe exactly and it came out like lightly sweetened biscuts.
mbarry3 years ago
These cookies taste awesome (I hate hard sugar cookies) but I had a really hard time working with the dough...It refrigerated overnight so I know it was cold. I gave up on cookie cutters and even when I formed balls with my hands, the dough stuck to them too! Did I miss something?
Caulerpa (author)  mbarry3 years ago
I don't usually have trouble with this recipe so maybe you could try using a smidge less butter? If you try less butter let me know if it works!
n24k3 years ago
best cookies ever!!!!!!! thanks a lot!!!!!
this is the first time in my life that cookies taste nice!
i <3333 sugar cookies. especially these soft ones. mmmmmmmmm.... you should definately make me a batch for my birthday. (its okay you still have time.. my birthday is in March haha...)

xoxo Azn Juliet xoxo
pattermon4 years ago
Why let it set for two hours?
Caulerpa (author)  pattermon4 years ago
I think they just cook better. I'm really impatient so I usually try to skip steps like this but I've found they tend to bake better when refrigerated. Also, it is WAY easier to cut them into shapes if the dough is cold.
Joe Martin4 years ago
This looks perfect, I love soft cookies and you can't really buy them! I will try this

Caulerpa (author)  Joe Martin4 years ago
Let me know how they turn out for you! :]
I'll try them today however I'm not very good with the cup system so I don't know how they'll turn out! :)

Caulerpa (author)  Joe Martin4 years ago
good luck!