- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 to 4 tablespoons hot water
- Food coloring, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in extracts and eggs, one at a time. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
- Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets; flatten slightly with bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake until edges begin to brown, 8-10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire racks; cool completely.
- For frosting, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, extract and enough water to reach desired consistency. If desired, tint with food coloring. Spread over cookies. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Reviews for Soft Sugar Cookies
"Just what I was looking for! Here are some things I discovered: the cookies stayed quite mounded, so next time would flatten them slightly before baking. Made the recipe as stated and it made 3-1/2 dozen cookies, used tablespoonfuls of dough.Frosting was especially yummy and I used vanilla extract instead of almond, think it tastes much better :)"
"another delicious sugar cookie!"
"I so wanted to love these cookies. They spread out all over the pans. I think 1 cup of butter may have been too much? They taste pretty good but they are way too greasy. I keep looking for a good soft drop cookie recipe and just cannot seem to find it."
"These were simple to make and are pretty tasty. I did not make icing for them, I did sprinkle on sugar prior to baking though. The nutmeg is a different approach. Good, but unexpected. I am going to use cinnamon next time, then another batch with neither and using lemon extract instead just for variety. These stayed soft and are a new go to sugar cookie recipe. They did not turn out salty, so I don't know how others had salty cookies unless they used too much or the wrong salt. I even used salted butter. Definitely worth a shot for any baker."
"very easy to make ( my 5yr old daughter loves to help). tastes good but is a bit salty... not sure why as there is little salt added. maybe next time I'll use unsalted butter?!?! I would've given these a higher star rating but they are too light and fluffy for my liking. I prefer a denser cookie that is still soft and chewy."
"I love these cookies, in the end I found out that I was out of Almond Extract so I subbed it with Orange Extract and it tasted amazing. I also made a little silly and accidentally melted all of the butter instead or softening in the microwave but what you can do to fix it if you do the same thing I did you can whip the egg whites tell their fluffy and add it to the butter sugar mixture and carry on from there but you might want to grease the pan if that happens because they will stick. Also You still do add the yokes after the whites are mixed in."
"My entire family loves these cookies. They always want to know the secret to making soft sugar cookies!"
"My entire family loves these cookies. They always want to know the secret to making soft sugar cookies! They will go fast, make sure you have enough supplies on hand to whip another batch just in case!"
"My entire family loves these cookies. They always want to know the secret to making soft sugar cookies! They will go fast, make sure you have enough supplies on hand to whip another batch just in case! I have this recipe saved on my favorites button. You will too!"
"I made these cookies for the first time two years ago, only sugar cookies we make now! Everyone who has had them says they are the best sugar cookies they have had. Easy too :)"