Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

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My family’s all-time favorite Christmas cookie has had a million shapes over the years. Little ones have fun making their own icing designs. — Cathy Hall, Lyndhurst, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 5 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 5 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • ICING:
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • Food coloring of choice
  • Colored sugar and sprinkles, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 138 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Divide dough in half. Wrap each in plastic; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. On a floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 3/16-in. thickness. Cut with floured 3-in. cookie cutters. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until set, 5-7 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Beat confectioners' sugar, water and meringue powder on low speed until blended; beat on high until soft peaks form, about 4 minutes. Add corn syrup; beat 1 minute.
  4. Tint with food coloring as desired. (Always keep unused icing covered with a damp cloth; if necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.) Pipe or spread icing on cookies; decorate as desired. Let dry. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Editor’s Notes: As a substitute for 2-1/2 cups of self-rising flour, place 3-3/4 teaspoons baking powder and 1-1/4 teaspoons salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup; combine with an additional 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour. Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit
Originally published as Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 2008, p7

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ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 258274
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2016

"The best sugar cookies!!! I used the editor's note to get the flour so I didn't need to buy a whole thing of self raising flour. Otherwise everything was followed as written. A great frosting too that sets well! Will be making every year!"

cookingram78 User ID: 8652889 239016
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

"I've been using this recipe for years with wonderful results. I do, however, roll out my dough a bit thicker than the recipe suggests, as I find this produces a guaranteed soft and tender cookie. Dough is easy to handle and very forgiving, and the re-rolled scraps even make delicious cookies."

dkatie9 User ID: 1965911 215014
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"These cookies are delicious. Those people who didn't get a soft cookie did something wrong. I followed the recipe exactly. Yummy. Maybe you didn't soften the butter???"

DMWinnie User ID: 8155707 214753
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2014

"These were not anything like they should be. Wasted a bunch of ingredients. Not sure why some of us had the same issues, and others liked it. It was almost like there was a binding ingredient missing. After a few failures I added some oil to get the consistency I need to do anything with them. Moving on to another one...this one is a no go....."

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 155200
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"I love soft chewy cookies and these are the best sugar cookies I've ever had. They are a Christmas tradition in our house."

LBayne User ID: 1341890 137565
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"Love these sugar cookies. This is my go to cugar cookie recipe! Everyone loves these with a little buttercream frosting on them."

daughterofacook User ID: 7289771 155196
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013 Edited Dec. 22, 2013

"The first batch I made, burned; The second batch was only air and super crunchy......I have lost 15 cookies so far..... I just hope that this next one isn't another waste....EACH BATCH IS SIX COOKIES SINCE I AM USING A TOASTER OVEN......."

one2shree User ID: 7047543 156862
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"Love this recipe! The cookies turned out nice and soft and not overly sweet. If you want it sweeter then make your icing sweeter. However, I liked them without icing and with just as well. I used a different recipe for the frosting as I didn't want to use corn syrup. I made these last week and am whipping up another batch today!"

Rikku User ID: 3386142 174291
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"My mother adores these cookies, I use a different frosting recipe and the end result tastes like it came from the local bakery!"

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 83548
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"I did not have any trouble with this recipe at all. I followed the Editor's Note since I did not have any self-rising flour. The cookies were easy to roll and turned out great. I also shared the recipe with a friend and she was very happy with the results, also."

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