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Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

These soft cookies are always a hit, so I often stir up a big batch. I usually add food coloring to the frosting to coordinate with the current holiday. —Coleen Walter, Bancroft, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:30 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 174 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 107mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 268301
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2017

"Love the decoration on these cookies in the image! Great recipe. Very easy. Perfect for a graduation potluck I had last weekend."

germanycook User ID: 6411056 242791
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"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 :)"

jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 238564
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"another delicious sugar cookie!"

mommafank3 User ID: 6030671 232603
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2015

"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."

FawnC79 User ID: 8438907 229860
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2015

"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."

kitkatsmommy User ID: 7467143 31249
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"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."

TracyLynnG User ID: 7132480 87943
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"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."

nicholauswills User ID: 6408838 51613
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"My entire family loves these cookies. They always want to know the secret to making soft sugar cookies!"

nicholauswills User ID: 6408838 31241
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"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!"

nicholauswills User ID: 6408838 204166
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"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!"

StampHappy81 User ID: 6852447 85366
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"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 :)"

hlaclair User ID: 3830324 85350
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"This is now my kids' favorite sugar cookie (and mine!). I absolutely LOVE these and get great reviews whenever I take them anywhere. The frosting is absolutely delicious too - I've been temped to try it on a cake LOL."

cobysmom User ID: 3634107 115541
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010


hwdog User ID: 5202486 35413
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2010

"I can't decide whether to make them or not...

were they actually soft?"

Sweet_T User ID: 3690652 78342
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2009

"They were easy to make but they tasted a little salty. I'm not sure why since they have very little salt in them."

Monarchsmomma User ID: 1811632 30048
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2009

"I like these cookies without frosting. I would not call them a sugar cookie. I have renamed them Soft Almond Nutmeg Butter Cookies. Very Good! Thanks!"

keverwann User ID: 1807985 30046
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2008

"I found this recipe only made 4 dozen cookies dished out with a teaspoon. But, those 4 dozen were yummy."

[email protected] User ID: 1076059 78341
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2008

"very good"

KimBurns User ID: 2351549 84863
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2008

"I bake cookies all of the time - these were the best soft sugar cookies I've ever made.

My guests all commented that they were very good cookies. The recipe was easy to follow quick to make. Thank-you Taste of Home for another great recipe."

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