Soft Sugar Cookies
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Soft Sugar Cookies

A simple soft sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting.
Cook Time10 mins
Servings: 4 dozen
Author: Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies



  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups flour (+ more for rolling)


  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 drops food coloring (optional)


For Cookies:

  • Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add salt, soda, and baking powder, and mix well. Add flour, and mix just until combined.
  • Wrap dough tightly in plastic, or place in a plastic zipper bag, and chill 8-10 hours or overnight.
  • Roll dough to ⅜-inch thickness and cut out shapes. Place on baking sheet and bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.

For Frosting:

  • Combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth. Frost cooled cookies.
  • Store in an airtight container between layers of wax paper. Will keep best if refrigerated or frozen.