Soft Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles

Soft Sugar Cookies – my favorite sugar cookie recipe. Great for the holidays! No rolling and cutting. Just shape into balls and bake. Butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, almond extract, baking powder, salt, flour, and sprinkles. Can change the sprinkles according to the holidays and team colors. SO good! I could eat the whole batch!

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Bakery-Style Soft Sugar Cookies

If you still need some cookies for Santa this weekend, this Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe is perfect! They are soft and chewy, and, best of all, they don’t require any chilling, rolling pin, no cookie cutters! That is my kind of sugar cookie! Not only are these cookies easy to make, but they also taste great. The texture is fantastic. They stay soft and chewy, even the day after baking. Just like those yummy cookies you buy at the grocery store!

How to Make Soft Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles

As I said, these cookies are super easy to make. In a medium bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix until well combined. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Scoop the dough into balls with a medium cookie scoop. Roll the cookie dough balls in a bowl of sprinkles to cover the top of the cookie. Place the cookies on a parchment-lined or silicone baking mat-lined baking sheet and bake.

  • You can use any color sprinkles you like. Red & green for Christmas, green and white for St. Patrick’s Day, pastel for Easter and Spring, team colors for football season.
  • Don’t want sprinkles? You can leave them off.
  • Feel free to omit the sprinkles and top the cookies with your favorite sugar cookie frosting. Butercream and cream cheese frosting are both great. 
  • Can Soft Sugar Cookies be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the baked cookies or the unbaked cookie dough.
    • To freeze the cookie dough, scoop the dough into balls and place them on a cookie sheet, and freeze. Once the dough is frozen, transfer the balls to a freezer bag.
    • When ready to bake, partially thaw the cookie dough and roll in the sprinkles. Bake as directed below.
    • If your dough is partially frozen, you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. The cookies will keep 3 to 4 days.
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Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe

This is hands down the best sugar cookie recipe. They are great for parties, potlucks, and your holiday cookie tray. They also make great homemade holiday gifts! Who wouldn’t love a box of homemade cookies?!?! I hear that Santa especially loves these cookies! Whip up a batch ASAP! You won’t be disappointed!

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Soft Sugar Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Soft Sugar Cookies – my favorite sugar cookie recipe. Great for the holidays! Butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, almond extract, baking powders salt, flour and sprinkles. Can change the sprinkles according to the holidays and team colors. SO good! I could eat the whole batch! #cookies #cookierecipe #sugarcookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • cup sprinkles

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Set the sprinkles into a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla and almond extract. Beat until mixed. Add the baking powder and salt and beat until mixed. Add the flour and beat on medium speed until mixed well.
  • Roll the dough into 1½ inch balls, then roll each ball in the sprinkles to cover the top of the cookie. Place two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Allow to cool 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets and setting onto wire racks to cool completely.

Notes:

  • You can use any color sprinkles you like.
  • Don’t want sprinkles? You can leave them off.
  • Can Soft Sugar Cookies be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the baked cookies or the unbaked cookie dough.
    • To freeze the cookie dough, scoop the dough into balls and placing them on a cookie sheet, and freeze. Once the dough is frozen, transfer the balls to a freezer bag.
    • When ready to bake, partially thaw the cookie dough and roll in the sprinkles. Bake as directed below.
    • If your dough is partially frozen, you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.

Steph

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Comments

  1. This is an awesome recipe!!! I mean, perfect really. Mine needed no tweaking. Everyone thought I bought them. I will make these all the time….easy and delicious!!!! Thanks!!

  2. The dough was so sticky I couldn't work with it. I added a bit more flour and put it in the fridge for an hour. Then formed in balls and baked them but they wouldn't flatten out, they came out still in somewhat of a ball. The next batch I baked, I flattened them out with a spoon dipped in water. Turned out great!

  3. This recipe is a keeper! At 8pm tonight (Christmas) the mood struck me to make sugar cookies. Rarely do cookies come out wonderful from a new (untweaked) recipe. This recipe needs no tweaking! I made my own red sprinkles & 20 minutes later I was munching on cookies faster than you can say "Ho Ho Ho".

    Thank you so much for completing our day full of holiday edibles.

    Cheers,
    Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

  4. I made these cookies last night and dough was to soft to roll into balls. It was almost like a thick cake batter. I ended up adding a touch bit more flour and that didn't help very much so I stuck the batter in the fridge for several hours. That seemed to help but when rolling into balls the dough was very sticky. Is this how the dough is supposed to be? Any suggestions to correct?

    PS: The cookies just came out of the oven and were delicious!! It was just a messy process prepping everything else

  5. Thanks for sharing this great recipe! I haven't been baking Christmas cookies for several years but decided today to make these for my daughter. She loves a soft cookie. These were simple to make and tasty, too. Thanks again!

    Merry Christmas!

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