How to make really soft sugar cookies
If you take a look at my cookie recipes, you’ll know I LOVE chewy cookies. I’m a sucker for some brown sugar and extra egg yolks to bump up the ooey gooeyness factor..it’s a thing.
But for these, I decided to switch things up to make them super delicate and soft because it’s an absolute classic.
Cream of tartar is used to make these extra soft sugar cookies. It’s also used in snickerdoodles to give them a slight tang and softness. There isn’t enough in this recipe to give it any flavor, but it does make for a super tender cookie!
Another difference is the sugar. For this recipe, I used granulated AND powdered sugar. You don’t see powdered sugar too often in cookies but this is what gives them that really light texture.
Typically you would use all granulated sugar or a mix of granulated and brown sugar, depending on if you like a more crispy or chewy cookie. Since softness is key here, powdered sugar is a must.
How to bake these soft sugar cookies
That crinkly edge around the cookie not only makes them look extra tasty, but it also creates the perfect center for the cream cheese frosting!
To bake, start by scooping your cookie dough using a large cookie scoop. Then, lightly butter the bottom of a drinking glass and dip it in some sugar. Press that into the top of your cookie dough to flatten.
You don’t have to flatten it TOO much. It should be just enough to create a slight indent.
This also helps the cookies bake really even so you don’t get any browned edges. Another step that makes these cookies extra soft!
Baking with vanilla bean paste
I absolutely love baking with vanilla bean paste. Not only does it add a bold vanilla flavor, but it also shows off those pretty specks of vanilla bean seeds. Look closely and you can see them in the cookie and frosting!
Taylor & Colledge makes the most convenient and perfect vanilla bean paste. It comes in a clean squeeze tube so there’s no mess…and vanilla bean paste can get pretty messy.
It’s also LOADED with vanilla beans which takes this easy soft sugar cookie recipe up a notch. Sugar cookies can be pretty plain, so I love how the Taylor & Colledge vanilla bean paste adds a little somethin’ extra.
Baking with it is also very easy. Just replace 1 teaspoon of regular vanilla extract with 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste for superior flavor. And trust me, you’ll want to make the switch. Your baked goods will taste SO much better!
Cream cheese frosting for sugar cookies
If there’s ever a time for frosting, you can bet I’m going to make it a cream cheese frosting. The tartness of the cream cheese helps to balance out the loads of powdered sugar. Plus, it makes for an extra creamy frosting.
This vanilla cream cheese frosting recipe is very easy and comes together in minutes. It also only consists of 4 ingredients!
It spreads on super smooth and the top layer slightly dries as it sits out. You can even refrigerate the cookies if you need to stack or travel with them. This will prevent the cookies from sticking to each other.
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