3 sugar cookies with buttercream frosting with sprinkles on a wire rack with a napkin and bowl of frosting behind

Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe

A super soft and fluffy soft sugar cookie recipe, perfect for topping with a homemade buttercream frosting and sprinkles.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 14 cookies
Calories 160 kcal
Author Kristine Underwood


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 TBS milk
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth and light colored.
  3. Add egg and extracts and mix until smooth.
  4. Stir in sea salt and baking soda.
  5. Add flour, half and a time, stirring until fully combined.
  6. Using a 3 TBS cookie scoop, scoop dough onto cookie sheets at least 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  8. Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 5-10 minutes prior to transferring to a wire rack.
  9. When cookies are completely cool, frost with buttercream frosting (optional).
  10. Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days or freeze.

Recipe Notes

*I only get 6 cookies per half-sheet baking pan.
**You can also use a 1.5 TBS cookie sheet to make 24 smaller cookies or double the recipe to make 28 large cookies.
***Cookies may be frozen with or without frosting.
****The nutritional information below is for the cookie only. The frosting recipe and nutritional information may be found here.

Nutrition Facts
Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 56
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.2g 10%
Saturated Fat 3.8g 19%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 183mg 8%
Potassium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 24.6g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%
Sugars 12.7g
Protein 2.1g 4%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.