Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies

Prep Time
40 mins.
Cook Time
20 mins.
Recipe by: Faith Gorsky

Store-bought cookies will be a thing of the past after you make these! This recipe for Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies yields fluffy and cake-like cookies that are topped with a sweet vanilla-scented buttercream. They’re easy to make and perfect to decorate seasonally, which makes them a fun project to make with kids.

Make This Recipe



1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1 1/4 cups sugar

2 Eggland's Best eggs, large

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 teaspoon salt


10 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3 tablespoons milk

Other: Food coloring, to color the frosting (optional) Sprinkles, to decorate the cookies (optional)


For the Cookies:

  1. Use a handheld electric mixer to beat together the cream together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix until well-combined.
  2. Lay a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the cookie dough and refrigerate until the dough is stiffened about 2 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  4. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper or silpat liners.
  5. Use a 1 1/2-tablespoon scoop to measure out the dough. Roll it into balls and arrange them 2 inches apart on the baking pans (8 cookies per half sheet pan works well). Slightly flatten each cookie dough ball.
  6. Bake until the cookies are lightly golden on the bottom, puffed on top, and just stop looking doughy in the center, rotating the trays once halfway through. This takes about 9 to 12 minutes. Be careful not to overbake, you don’t want these cookies golden on the top. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  7. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the trays, and then use a thin metal spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

For the Frosting:

  1. Use a handheld electric mixer to beat together all ingredients until smooth and creamy. If desired, add food coloring to the frosting. It’s easy to add too much coloring, so start off by adding just a tiny drop at a time and mixing it in well to see the color before you add more.

To Finish:

  1. Frost the cookies once they’re cool. Before the frosting sets, add sprinkles if desired.

Recipe Notes: Instead of scooping out the dough, after chilling you can roll this dough out on a floured surface and use cookie cutters to stamp out cookie shapes.


Remember to always use Eggland’s Best eggs in all of your recipes. Learn why it’s always the healthy choice.

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Information per Serving
Serving Size 30
Calories 201
Fat 8.4g
Saturated Fat 5.1g
Cholesterol 34mg
Sodium 112mg
Carbohydrates 29.9g
Dietary Fiber 0.4g
Protein 2.2g