Amazing Soft Sugar Cookie

 These Amazing Soft Sugar Cookies are literally the best sugar cookie I have ever had…homemade that is.
Amazing Soft Sugar Cookies TwitterMy family and I love the sugar cookies at a local cookie shop in town called Eileen’s Cookies. We loved these cookies for two reasons, one because they are soft and two, they use almond extract in their recipe. Here is the only problem, to get a cookie you are looking at $3.00 and well with 7 of us that gets pricey. They do have smaller ones now and you can buy them cheaper, but I found making them myself was better and cheaper.  I will say an added bonus to finding this recipe was that they are my husband’s favorite. I love making these for him on days that he “needs” them….we all have those kinda days right? You’re gonna love this cookie! Trust me! Beware this dough is addictive and if you are not careful, you will not even make it to placing them in the oven.

Enjoy this recipe from our cookie monster family!

Frosted Sugar Cookie

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen

Frosted Sugar Cookie

Soft baked frosted sugar cookie, this isn't your average "cookie-cutter" cookie.


  • Sugar Cookies
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract or clear vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Frosting
  • Recipe makes 3 cups
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract or clear vanilla extract


Sugar Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.

Cream together sugar and butter. Beat in egg yolks and almond or vanilla extract.

Add flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Stir. (Note: dough will be firm, not like your normal cookie dough. Don't worry it is supposed to be this way.)

Form dough into walnut size balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Don't flatten. Bake 10 to 11 minutes, until tops are cracked and just turning color.


In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners' sugar and butter until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk and almond or vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired.

Adapted from All Recipes


  1. says

    Spotted your post on the Wined Down Party and couldn’t resist checking them out. I love these kind of sugar cookies but haven’t found a recipe that I really liked. Yours look excellent so pinned to my cooking bucket list. Definitely going to give them a try!

  2. Cathy says

    These look like the soft sugar cookies with frosting that you can find at many bakeries and stores; that my family LOVES! Thank you for sharing at our TGIF Link Party at A Peek Into My Paradise. Your post will be featured at the TGIF Link Party this week and was pinned to the TGIF Party Board! I can’t wait to see what you link up this week!
    Cathy @

  3. says

    I love soft sugar cookies! This is a recipe I’ll have to try out soon. A few of my friends and I will be hosting a Christmas/winter-themed link-up party starting November 22nd. It will take place each Friday leading up to Christmas. I’d love it if you’d come and share this post plus anymore winter holiday-related posts you have (both old and new posts welcome)!

  4. Shelley says

    I made these today and they were delicious! But they did not look like the picture. Mine were really small, and I know you said not to flatten them. Any idea what went wrong? Thanks.

    • Sandra says

      Shelley –
      Here are a couple of things that it could have been. Was the butter at room temp? When creaming the sugar and butter together it is always best to cream until it doesn’t look grainy. Another thing, was did you use just egg yolks? Also, do you have a cookie dough scooper? Those are the things off the top of my head of what I think it could be. When you make it again, let me know. So happy to have you along and that you enjoyed them. Next time maybe just eat the dough…lol.
      xoxo San

  5. says

    Hey, I’m planning on making these this week but I noticed that you said not to flatten them. We were hoping to roll them out and use cookie cutters, and then frost them for Christmas. Is there a different temperature or length of time I should cook them for them to cook properly when rolled out? Thanks, Courtney

    • Sandra says

      Honestly, I have never rolled them out and used the dough with cookie cutters. I have another recipe I do that with. I would still cook them at the same temp but reduce the amount of time. I would just watch the first batch, these cookies don’t get golden like other sugar cookies, but watch the edge of the cookie to see when it is done, the middle will not be crisp like a normal cookie cutter sugar cookie, but still should not be doughy. I am now tempted to try today, but let me know how it goes.
      Cheers to a new cookie adventure….xoxo San

    • Janice says

      I just made these! Seriously yummy!!! I did try cutouts. My circles are great but my pointed ones not so pretty. I rolled them about 1/4 inch and only baked them for about 5, givevor take. I just watched them carefully. Hope that helps someone;).

  6. Michelle says

    I made these cookies today and wow! They are so good. I highly recommend using the almond extract as apposed to the vanilla. I will definitely be making these again soon!

    • Sandra says

      I have never done this cut out before. But now I have been asked by multiple people I will be trying this when I get home from holiday vacation and will keep you posted.
      xoxo San

    • Sandra says

      I have never done them cut out before and not sure how they would be. I need to try it. Let me know if you do and how it works. Merry Christmas and they are the best cookies ever!!!

  7. Sandra says

    This are fantastic my kids and I LOVE these. I added some vanilla bean this time (scraped out seeds) and they are in the oven can’t wait to eat them the house smells delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sandra says

      Jen – I am so excited for you to try them. Come back and let me know what you think! They are one of my fav cookies EVER! xo San

    • Sandra says

      Shauna – in the seasoning section of your grocery store. Usually near the vanilla, cinnamon and etc. Just buy a small one, if you don’t use it much. xo San

  8. says

    Yay another recipe to try this week! Almond flour is also one of my faves, so been looking for some delicious things to make with it :)

  9. Kelly Davidson says

    I have made these two times now and they are absolutely amazing! Dead on just like eileens well done

  10. Kelly Davidson says

    I absolutely love these cookies! I’m making my 3 batch right now, my family scarfs them down so fast can’t keep them longer than 2 days!


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