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

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The holidays just wouldn't be the same without cutout cookies. This easy recipe yields cookies so soft they'll melt in your mouth. Have fun baking them in your favorite holiday shapes! —Cathy Hall, Phoenix, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 5 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 5 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 42 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • FROSTING:
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • Green, red and yellow food coloring

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion of dough to 3/16-in. thickness. Cut with floured cookie cutters. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 375° for 5-7 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the confectioners' sugar, water and meringue powder on low speed just until combined. Beat on high for 4 minutes or until soft peaks form. Add corn syrup; beat 1 minute longer.
  5. Tint with food coloring of your choice. Cover frosting with damp paper towels or plastic wrap between uses. Spread and/or pipe frosting on cookies. Let stand until set. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.
Editor’s Note: As a substitute for each cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup. As a substitute for each 1/2 cup of self-rising flour, place 3/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a 1/2-cup measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1/2 cup. Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit wilton.com.
Originally published as Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 2008, p7

Reviews for Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies

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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???"

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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....."

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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."

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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."

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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......."

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