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13 baked sugar cookies rolled in red, white, and green sprinkles on a white wood backdrop with a green rubber spatula

Softest Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Katelyn
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • Yield: About 27 cookies 1x


These simple drop style sugar cookies are rolled in sugar sprinkles before baking for a wonderful combination of a crunchy crystalized exterior with an ultra soft, cakey center. Extra vanilla makes these the perfect sugar cookie!


  • 3 cups all purpose flour 
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar 
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice 


  1. Melt half of one stick of butter in the microwave or in a small pot on the stovetop and allow to cool for several minutes.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cornstarch. 
  3. In a separate bowl with a hand mixer or in your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the remaining butter (1 1/2 sticks for standard recipe) and sugar for several minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy. Pour in the melted butter, vanilla, lemon juice and and mix until fully combined. 
  4. Beat in the eggs on low speed one at a time until completely mixed in, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. 
  5. Slowly add in the flour a little at a time until completely incorporated. There is no need to continue mixing once the flour is fully combined.
  6. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and use a medium cookie scoop to create cookie dough balls.
  7. Fill small bowls with sugar sprinkles and roll each ball in the sprinkles to coat. 
    One blue bowl filled with green sugar sprinkles with a cookie dough ball, and another blue bowl filled with red, green, and white round sprinkles
  8. Place the cookie dough balls on your baking sheets and flatten each cookie a bit by applying gentle pressure with your palm to the top of the dough.
    12 unbaked sugar cookies rolled in green, red, and white sprinkles on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper
  9. Transfer baking sheets to the refrigerator and chill your dough for at least one hour and up to 48 hours. 
  10. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  11. Bake one sheet at a time on the middle oven rack for about 13 minutes, remove from oven and transfer immediately to a wire cooling rack. 


  • Feel free to freeze this cookie dough for later use. I would recommend rolling them into balls first, then just adding some extra baking time!
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sugar cookies, soft cookies

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