Soft Christmas Sugar Cookies with Frosting

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Whip up a batch of delicious soft sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles for Christmas.

These cookies are absolutely the epitome of festive delight, with their perfectly soft and buttery texture, adorned with a pillow topping of frosting.  Share the love, share the cookies, and celebrate the season with the sweetest treats around! And of course, add all the sprinkles to the top. Sprinkles make everything simply delightful.

Ingredients

Here is the ingredient list for the cookies. The frosting is a totally separate recipe and that ingredient list comes next.

  • ½ c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • ½ c oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t clear vanilla
  • 2 T corn starch
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t cream of tartar
  • 3 c flour

Here is the ingredient list for the frosting. Note that any color of coloring could be used for this recipe which makes it perfect for any holiday.

  • ½ c shortening
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 1 t clear vanilla
  • 4 T. heavy whipping cream
  • ½ t salt
  • Red & green food coloring
  • Sprinkles, to decorate

Directions to Make Soft Sugar Cookies with Frosting and Sprinkles

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a few baking sheets with parchment, set aside.

Next,

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the softened butter and powdered sugar.  Cream until smooth. 
  • Add in the oil, vanilla and eggs, mix until smooth. 
  • Add in the cream of tartar, baking soda, baking powder, corn starch and flour – mix until smooth.  Scrape down the sides and mix again.
  • Combine until the dough comes together and balls up in the center, pulling away from the sides of the bowl.

Using two sheets of parchment, sandwich the dough and roll out until about ½ of an inch thick.  Do not use flour as it will dry out the dough too much.

Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.  The cookies should just be set with a slight browning on the bottom of the cookie.  Over baking will make for hard and crumbly cookies, rather than soft and slightly chewy.  Allow to cool before decorating.

When ready to decorate, make the frosting.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the powdered sugar, shortening, vanilla, whipping cream and salt.  Mix well on low speed for about 2-3 minutes.  Once combined, scrape down the sides and then mix again on high speed for about a minute to fluff up the frosting. 

Divide the frosting between two bowls.  Tint one green and the other red. Continue to scrape down the sides when needed and mix until the color is cohesive.  Cover until ready to use.

When ready to assemble, use a butter knife, back of a spoon or flat spatula to spread a layer of frosting over each cookie.  Immediately top with the sprinkles before it crusts over – gently press in the sprinkles if needed to help stick in place.

These popular cookies are super soft and yummy. There are so many kinds of sprinkles that can be added to decorate them. Additionally, you can make confetti cookies by folding the sprinkles right into the batter before rolling them out and cutting them.

Frequently Asked Questions About These Cookies

  • We used a 3 inch round cookie cutter.  A different size or thickness of dough will result in a different quantity of cookies.
  • These cookies bake in only 8 minutes!  The cookies should just be set with a slight browning on the bottom of the cookie.  Over baking will make for hard and crumbly cookies, rather than soft and slightly chewy. 

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Yield: 16 Cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies with Frosting and Sprinkles

Soft Sugar Cookies with Frosting and Sprinkles

These cookies are the epitome of festive delight, with their perfectly soft and
buttery texture, adorned with a pillow of frosting.  Share the love, share the cookies, and celebrate the season with the sweetest treats around!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Cookies -
  • ½ c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • ½ c oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t clear vanilla
  • 2 T corn starch
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t cream of tartar
  • 3 c flour
  • For the Frosting -
  • ½ c shortening
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 1 t clear vanilla
  • 4 T. heavy whipping cream
  • ½ t salt
  • Red & green food coloring
  • Sprinkles, to decorate

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a few baking sheets with parchment, set
aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the softened butter and powdered sugar.  Cream until smooth. 

Add in the oil, vanilla and eggs, mix until smooth. 

Add in the cream of tartar, baking soda, baking powder, corn starch and flour - mix until smooth.  Scrape down the sides and mix again.

Combine until the dough comes together and balls up in the center, pulling away from the sides of the bowl.

Using two sheets of parchment, sandwich the dough and roll out until about ½ of an inch thick.  Do not use flour as it will dry out the dough too much.

Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.  The cookies should just be set with a slight browning on the bottom of the cookie.  Over baking will make for hard and crumbly cookies, rather than soft and slightly chewy.  Allow to cool before decorating.

When ready to decorate, make the frosting.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the
powdered sugar, shortening, vanilla, whipping cream and salt.  Mix well on low speed for about 2-3 minutes.  Once combined, scrape down the sides and then mix again on high speed for about a minute to fluff up the frosting. 

Divide the frosting between two bowls.  Tint one green and the other red. Continue to
scrape down the sides when needed and mix until the color is cohesive.  Cover until ready to use.

When ready to assemble, use a butter knife, back of a spoon or flat spatula to spread a layer of frosting over each cookie.  Immediately top with the sprinkles before it
crusts over - gently press in the sprinkles if needed to help stick in place.

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