So many posts have begun this way lately, but I honestly thought this recipe was already on here. It's my very favorite sugar cookie, and I've made it so many times that I just assumed that I had already shared it. If you are a fan of soft, cakey sugar cookies, my apologies for not sharing it sooner. For me, this is the soft sugar cookie recipe that I searched for years to find. I tried every kind of variation on sugar cookies and even some cake recipes, trying to find the perfect balance of buttery, sweet, soft, and cake-like. Once I tried this recipe, I immediately put six stars on the recipe page (out of a possible 5 stars) and wrote, "May I never use a different sugar cookie recipe again." A little dramatic? Perhaps. But you'll have to taste the cookies yourself to decide how much.
Perfect Soft Sugar CookiesPublished 02/11/2016
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar, divided
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- Frosting (optional)
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer or with an electric mixer, beat together butter and 1/2 cup sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Add 1/2 of the flour mixture, beat until combined, and then 1/2 of the buttermilk, beating until combined. Repeat once with remaining flour mixture and buttermilk. Place dough on a piece of plastic wrap, flatten into a palm-sized circle and wrap plastic wrap around it. Refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours. (Dough can stay in the fridge for up to 24 hours)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough until 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into shapes of your choice and place them on a cookie sheet, spacing them at least 1 inch apart. Sprinkle cookies with remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Bake until cookies are just starting to brown, about 10-12 minutes. (I prefer them to be just barely brown. Check early if you are using a small cookie cutter.) Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate with frosting if desired.
Prep Time: 20 mins. (Plus 2 hours chilling time)
Total time: 1 hrs. 30 mins.
Recipe Source: America's Best Lost Recipes