Monday, August 1, 2011

Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies

Wow, I tried these cookies recently & couldn't believe how addictive they are!!  I'd like to re-name them "Happy Kids Cookies" for they make little & big kids very happy.  Four of my 6 grandkids helped me frost & decorate them.  I hope you try them, for there's a little bit of kid in all of us!!

4 1/2 c. flour
4 1/2 t. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 c. shortening (I used butter-flavored)
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
5 t. vanilla

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder & salt & whisk together.  In bowl  of mixer, combine the butter, shortening & sugar & beat until soft & fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each & scraping down the bowl   Blend in the vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients mixing until incorporated & evenly mixed.  Cover & chill for 1 hour.

When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper.  Scoop the dough into about a 2" ball & roll.  I used my ice cream scoop for this part.  Flatten the cookies slightly & space them about 2-3" apart.  Bake 10-12 minutes.   Don' t overbake!  The cookies should remain very light in color.  Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes & then transfer to a wire rack to cool.


4 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. butter, softened
2 t. vanilla
5-6 T. milk (plus more, if needed)
food coloring

Cream together the powdered sugar & butter with an electric mixer.  Add the vanilla & milk.  The frosting should be fairly thick.  Divide into bowls for coloring & tint.  Spoon the frosting onto the cooled cookies.  (Add a little milk if the frosting thickens.)  Top with sprinkles before the frosting sets.
Store in an airtight container.  These cookies will stay soft & delicious for several days, if they last that long!!!

Yield: about 3 dozen good-sized cookies

This recipe is slightly adapted from Annie's Eats.  I am sharing this recipe with Tea Party Tuesday & Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage  &    Recipe of the Week.

Here are the happy kids!


  1. Hi Kitty,
    Those cookies look tasty! Cute for a party. I bought chocolate chips this morning-My daughter and I were in the mood for cookies!

  2. AWWW, your grands are adorable!!!!!!!!!!!! The cookies sound GOOOOD! Thanks for sharing and thinks for stopping by my blog! XO, Pinky

  3. What an adorable group of helpers :) They look perfect for little ones.

  4. Ok this was the cutest post EVER...these are adorable...cookies are not so bad either! Kitty, thanks for sharing, what a day brightener for sure!

  5. Hi Kitty,
    I just love all the wonderful colors and who doesn't want sprinkles? I love the joy coming from the children! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon. Hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen

  6. Too cute! I love love love soft sugar cookies :)

  7. LOVE making Sugar Cookies at Christmas!

    I am hosting a linky party - 12 days of Christmas Goodies! (and one of the days we are featuring ALL cookie recipes)! This recipe would be perfect, we'd love for you to link it up!

  8. looks yummy - will have to try these! Thanks for sharing!

    I'm hosing a new link party tomorrow, called Happy Tuesday. I'd love you to link up your "Happy Kids Cookies" for our Happy Tuesday celebration!


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