THE VERY BEST SOFT SUGAR COOKIE + CREAM CHEESE FROSTING RECIPE

My mom’s sugar cookies are famous. For real. They’re soft and cakey with the very best cream cheese frosting for cookies – it’s way better than the tasteless “royal” icing that’s often used to decorate sugar cookies or the pasty pink frosting on those store bought ones. She makes them for every holiday and I don’t know how many people have requested the recipe over the years. Good thing she doesn’t mind sharing recipes, because I’m going to share it with all of you today.
My mom’s sugar cookies are famous. For real. They’re soft and cakey with the very best cream cheese frosting for cookies – it’s way better than the tasteless “royal” icing that’s often used to decorate sugar cookies or the pasty pink frosting on those store bought ones. She makes them for every holiday and I don’t know how many people have requested the recipe over the years. Good thing she doesn’t mind sharing recipes, because I’m going to share it with all of you today.


The recipe is fairly straightforward, but here are a few tips:

1 – Don’t roll the dough out too thin! If you want nice, soft, puffy cookies, your dough needs to be right around 3/8th of an inch thick once rolled out (and yes, I do sometimes grab a ruler and measure until I get a feel for it).

2 – Don’t overbake! Cookies should not be brown AT ALL. Not even a little (see photos below) or they’ll end up crunchy. Plan to stick around while the first tray of cookies is baking and keep a close eye on them to see how long they’ll need in your oven. When done they’ll be nice and puffed and firm enough to come off the cookie sheet pretty easily – they won’t be gooey – but even the bottoms will still be white (photos below).