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The Best Soft Sugar Cookies

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies
Servings: 50 cookies (varied in size)
Author: Amanda (Paint the House Pink)



  • 1.5 cup butter (3 sticks)
  • 300 g granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbs vanilla extract
  • 650 g all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 3 tbs meringue powder
  • 1 pinch cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c water (add gradually)


    Cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
    Add in egg, vanilla, and (opt) almond extract.
    Add in flour and baking powder. Mix until just combined.
    Roll dough to 1/4" thickness.
    (Optional) Refrigerate 2 hours before cutting (makes cutting easier and allows flavors to develop).
    Preheat oven to 350 F.
    Line baking sheets with parchment paper and cut out cookie dough. Keep about 1" apart (shouldn't spread but just in case)
    Bake 9-13 mins (depending on the size of cookie).
    Let cool at least 5 mins before transferring to cooling rack.
    In a clean bowl, combine sugar, cream of tartar, meringue powder. Mix until well combined. Slowly add water to reach desired icing consistency and decorate cookies using a piping bag or ziploc bag with the tip cut off.


This dough freezes well - can be frozen for up to 3 months! 
These cookies do great being stored for up to 2 weeks in an air tight container.