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The Best Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe


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The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

It just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without making the best sugar cookies. This recipe comes from my mom, the inspiration behind this blog. Have you read the whole story? Besides being the most festive person, my mom was an amazing baker. And her sugar cookies were one of her all-time best recipes!

Just in case you don’t believe me, well, let’s just say that my husband who doesn’t even like sugar cookies loves these!

What makes these cookies so good? 

They are soft.


If you’re looking for crunchy sugar cookies, look somewhere else!

My tip for keeping them soft: don’t overbake them! I pull these cookies out of the oven after about 7-8 minutes. They never look done, but I promise, they are! They will bake a little bit more on the pan after you pull them out.

This recipes makes a large batch of cookies.

Do you need to feed a crowd? This recipe will make a lot. If you don’t need a lot, you can simply half the recipe.


This dough freezes well.

Sugar cookies are a bit time-intensive, amiright? One of my favorite tricks is to make these cookies up to a week in advance and freeze them after they have baked. Simply pull them out the morning of your event and they will be soft and ready to frosten.

Be sure to layer them with wax paper so the cookies don’t stick together!

Homemade Frosting

Homemade frosting is optional, but I think these soft sugar cookies taste 100% better with homemade buttercream frosting than store-bought. (Don’t get me wrong, I used store-bought frosting a few times when I didn’t think children would care.) But if you want them really delicious, make your own frosting.

Sprinkles are totally not optional. Just look how festive these heart sugar cookies are!



What You’ll Need to Decorate These Amazing Cookies: 

  • Your favorite pink frosting
  • red, pink, white sprinkles
  • Valentine’s M&Ms, because they are so festive!
  • cinnamon hearts, conversation hearts, or your favorite Valentines candy
  • heart cookie cutters



Here’s the Recipe! 

And yes, I know this recipe calls for margarine. I am a butter lover myself, but I promise, this is one of the few recipes that turns out much better if you use margarine. Trust me!

The Best Sugar Cookies


  • 1 lb. margarine (don’t use butter!)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Cream eggs, margarine, and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add remaining ingredients one at a time.
  3. Refrigerate dough for a few hours or overnight.
  4. Roll the dough 1/4 inch thick on a powdered-sugar surface and cut into holiday shapes.
  5. Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes. For soft cookies, don't overbake!

Let me know if you have any questions! I know you will love these soft sugar cookies!


Melissa loves simply celebrating life through holidays, travel, photography, and the simple moments at home. Her best friend Brandon and her are raising their 4 adorable little ones just north of Salt Lake City, UT. Sunshine, gelato, a good run, planning a trip, and an organized house make her really happy. She loves sharing simple ideas to inspire everyone to celebrate life. Simply.

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