These might be equal in popularity to my famous chocolate chip cookies. This is a family recipe, and I can promise you won’t be disappointed by them.
I don’t make them very often, usually just around the Christmas season, but they go FAST. The best part about these is that you can freeze them and they’ll be just as good when you take them out in the new year.
I’m a bit of a cheater when it comes to the frosting. I use store bought (yeah, yeah, I know) cream cheese frosting. It’s fast, easy, and tastes great. The trick is to add a half a cup of powdered sugar so the frosting sets up on the cookies!
You could get creative with the decorating, but I usually slather the frosting on, slap some festive sprinkles on top, and call it a day!
Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you give this recipe a try - @rachelontheranch
Merry Christmas from the ranch!
Soft and Fluffy Sugar Cookies
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Rachel on the Ranch
The best soft, fluffy, sugar cookies you’ve ever eaten!
1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
3 3/4 cups flour (plus some for rolling out your dough)
For the frosting:
2 containers of premade Betty Crocker cream cheese frosting
1 cup powdered sugar
Food coloring and sprinkles (optional)
Preheat oven to 350° F
Cream butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla on high speed in an electric mixer.
Slowly mix in dry ingredients until just blended.
Remove dough from mixing bowl, gather into a ball (don’t knead your dough!!)
Sprinkle the top with flour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to about 1/4” thickness.
Use cookie cutters of your choice to cut shapes out of dough
Place cut cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 6-8 minutes.
Gather up all the dough scraps, squish into a big ball, and roll out/cut again. Keep doing this until you run out of dough.
While your cookies are baking, mix up your frosting! Using an electric mixer, combine the two containers of frosting and cup of powdered sugar. Add food coloring if you like.
Allow cookies to cool COMPLETELY before frosting.