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5 from 4 votes

The Softest Sugar Cookies & Buttercream Frosting

The best sugar cookies you will ever eat!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time28 mins
Course: Dessert
Author: Jenn


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4-1/3 cup milk
  • food coloring if desired


  • In a mixer, cream butter and sugar and then add eggs and vanilla. Add sour cream.
  • In a separate bowl, combine salt, baking soda and flour. Add to butter mixture, creaming until combined. NOTE: If dough seems too sticky to roll out, place in refrigerator for 20 minutes or so and then continue with the next step.
  • Roll out on a floured surface to about 1/4 to 1/3 inches thickness. {Yes, seriously. If you make it any thinner, they will be crispy and not as good! This is the trick to making them super soft!}
  • Cut with cookie cutters and using a spatula, transfer cookies to baking sheet that has either been sprayed with cooking spray or has parchment paper on it.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for 7-8 minutes {Yes, seriously. This is another important step! Do NOT overbake!} They won't look done, but just trust me on this, take them out of the oven.
  • Wait about 5 minutes and carefully transfer cookies to a cooling rack. (This recipe makes several dozen cookies but is easy to half as well.)
  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla until crumbly.
  • Gradually add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Add food coloring and stir until combined. Spread on cooled cookies and ENJOY!! They are SO good!


*recipes from Peppermint Plum blog