Home > Desserts > Soft Sugar Cookies Soft Sugar Cookies August 1, 2020 | 11 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. These chewy Soft Sugar Cookies have an amazing cream cheese frosting and lots of sprinkles! After you’ve tried Soft Sugar Cookies, be sure to try these snickerdoodle cookies, these peanut butter cookies, or these oatmeal cookies! Soft Sugar Cookies It doesn’t get much better than these super-chewy Soft Sugar Cookies piled high with the best cream cheese frosting and a rainbow of sprinkles. These are the ultimate chewy sugar cookies and I hope you love them as much as we do! This cookie dough isn’t mean for cut-out sugar cookies (my favorite sugar cookie dough for cutout cookies here); these are meant to be big and soft “bakery-style” sugar cookies. Soft Sugar Cookie tips Start with melted and cooled butter. If the butter is hot when added to the sugars it will melt the sugar and cause greasy cookies. Allow the butter to cool to room temperature before using. Measure the flour accurately. If you press a measuring cup into a bag of flour you will pack in way too much flour (which will result in cake-like cookies with poor texture). To accurately measure the flour, spoon it into the measuring cup until its overfilled. Then use the back of a table knife to level the measuring cup at the top. You’ll have a perfect flour measurement! Use room temperature eggs. This ensures the eggs disperse more evenly into the batter giving these cookies a lighter texture since the eggs trap air. Soaking refrigerated eggs in a bowl of warm (not hot) water for about 10 minutes is a quick way to do this. Otherwise, remove the eggs from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before use. Roll tall cookie dough balls. Instead of rolling a perfect ball, I’ve found if you roll the dough so it’s taller and skinnier when the cookies bake, you’ll get that perfectly thick and chewy center AND the crisp edges. Using this technique, the bottom of the cookie ball bakes first, which will push out and become the crisp edge. The top of that tall cookie dough ball then becomes the thick and chewy center. Perfect texture every time! Why chill the dough? Chilling cookie dough can definitely be a pain. I mean, when you want cookies, you want them now, right?! That said, chilling this dough is especially important. It’s like marinating meat; the wait is worth it! Here are a few reasons why we chill the dough: The dough becomes more flavorful as it sits. The baking extracts intensify the flavor of the dough. For texture reasons, the butter is melted. If the dough is baked immediately with melted butter in it, the cookies will spread and become thin, hard, and crispy while baking. This is because the fat (butter) hasn’t had a chance to re-solidify. The longer the fat stays solid, the less the cookies will spread. The sugar in the dough also gradually absorbs liquid so when you chill the dough, the sugar has a chance to absorb more liquid and further prevents spreading. Cream Cheese Frosting We are obsessed with cream cheese frosting and it’s our favorite to topping for Soft Sugar Cookies. If you love cream cheese frosting, you’ll love it with these cookies! That said, if you prefer a more traditional sugar cookie, you may want to use a vanilla buttercream frosting, instead. Here’s my go-to vanilla buttercream frosting recipe: Ingredients 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (or 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste) 1/16 teaspoon fine sea salt 3-5 tablespoons heavy cream Directions In a large bowl or stand mixer with bowl attached, beat the butter until soft and creamy. Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Beat, scraping frequently with a spatula as needed, until all the powdered sugar is fully incorporated. Once everything has come together, gradually add in the heavy cream (1-2 tablespoons at a time) until the desired consistency is reached. Spread over these soft sugar cookies! QUICK TIPSet out the butter and cream cheese about an hour before baking so they reach room temperature. If these ingredients are cold, they won’t combine smoothly, and there will be unpleasant cream cheese chunks in the frosting, which make for less-enjoyable cookies. Here are some tips for bringing the cream cheese and butter to room temperature quickly. Storing Soft Sugar Cookies Instead of freezing already-baked cookies, freeze the dough! Drop the cookie dough balls on a large sheet pan and freeze until solid. Once solid, transfer the frozen cookie dough balls to an airtight container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months. To bake: You can bake these soft sugar cookies straight from the freezer. There is no need to thaw, but you may need to add a few extra minutes onto the baking time. Bake until the edges are lightly browned, and the center is still soft. Cream cheese frosting doesn’t freeze and thaw well, so I recommend making that fresh. QUICK TIPKeep these cookies soft after baking. After baking the cookies, let them cool completely on a wire rack (this will keep the bottoms from getting soggy from the steam). Once cooled, place unfrosted cookies in an airtight container and store at room temperature. When frosted, the cookies need to be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before eating. More Delicious Cookie Recipes Soft and chewy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies Almond Joy Cookies with coconut frosting Thumbprint Cookies with a raspberry jam center Lemon Cheesecake Cookies with a lemon glaze Cinnamon Roll Cookies with cream cheese frosting FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Soft Sugar Cookies 5 from 5 votes - Review this recipe Chewy Soft Sugar Cookies have an amazing cream cheese frosting and lots of sprinkles! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Soft Sugar Cookies 5 from 5 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Chewy Soft Sugar Cookies have an amazing cream cheese frosting and lots of sprinkles! Course Dessert, Snack Cuisine American Keyword chewy sugar cookies Prep Time 25 minutes Cook Time 11 minutes Chilling Time 1 hour 10 minutes Total Time 1 hour 46 minutes Servings 25 -28 cookies Calories 343kcal Author Chelsea Ingredients16 tablespoons (1 cup; 227g) unsalted butter melted and cooled1 cup (232g) white granulated sugar1/3 cup (72g) light brown sugar, packed1 large egg1 large egg yolk (discard or save the white for another use)1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract3 cups (405g) all-purpose white flour (See Note 1)1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt1 teaspoon baking sodaOptional Sugar Coating1/4 cup (49g) white sugar1/4 cup (50g) white sparkling sugar (or additional white sugar)Cream Cheese Frosting8 ounces (226g) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, at room temperature1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt3-1/2 cups (385g) powdered sugarRainbow sprinkles InstructionsOPTIONAL COATING: Stir the white sugar and white sparkling sugar together in a small bowl (optional but gives the cookie a nice crunchy exterior and extra flavor!).WET INGREDIENTS: Place the melted butter in a large bowl and allow it to cool to room temperature before adding sugars. If butter is hot it will melt the sugars and cause greasy cookies. Add in the white and brown sugar and stir until smooth. Add in 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk (reserve the white for a separate recipe or discard), vanilla extract, and almond extract. Stir until just combined and smooth.DRY INGREDIENTS: In another bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking soda. COMBINE: Add all of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until JUST combined. Do not overmix the dough. CHILL: Roll tall balls of dough (see the photos in the post). If you have a kitchen scale, the balls of dough should be about 1.2 ounces (each ball should be full 2 tablespoons of dough). Roll the balls of dough generously into the white sugar/white sparkling sugar mixture. Cover and refrigerate the balls of dough for 1 hour. BAKE: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place dough balls on a parchment or Silpat-lined sheet pan, spread far apart (I only bake 6-8 cookies at a time, they spread a lot) and bake for 9-14 minutes. Watch carefully, being sure to not overbake. Slightly underbaked sugar cookies are the BEST! Remove and let stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack with a spatula.FROSTING: Prepare the frosting while the cookies bake. In a large bowl, beat together the room-temperature butter and cream cheese until completely smooth. Add in the vanilla and salt. Mix to combine. Add in the powdered sugar and then beat until the frosting is smooth (it will seem like you need more liquid, but just keep beating; it will come together!)FROST COOKIES: Frost each completely cooled cookie and add with your favorite sprinkles. Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container in the fridge. Cookies are best enjoyed within 2-3 days. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: If you press a measuring cup into a bag of flour and scoop, you will pack in way too much flour, resulting in the wrong texture of cookie. To accurately measure the flour, spoon the flour into the measuring cup until its overfilled. Then use the back of a table knife to level the measuring cup at the top. (Video visual here). Nutrition FactsCalories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.