Dear Crissy

Soft frosted sugar cookies

soft frosted sugar cookies

I don’t remember eating a lot of sugar cookies as a kid. In fact, I’m really more of a chocolate chip cookies girl, but something changed recently.

I am not quite sure why, but I’ve had a major craving for sugar cookies. Before you say it, no, I am definitely not pregnant! I just have a sweet tooth, and for the time being, sugar cookies are the object of my food fantasies.

I am sort of picky about what kind of sugar cookie I will eat. I really love them to be soft, and while it isn’t saving me any calories, I love a thick layer of yummy frosting on top.

Recently, my mom and I made some soft sugar cookies — and iced them green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! The recipe for these sugar cookies was given to my mom by a friend, but she couldn’t remember the source. If this recipe looks familiar to you from a magazine or website, please let me know so I can properly credit the author!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did, these are without a doubt the best sugar cookies I’ve ever eaten

Soft frosted sugar cookies


Sugar Cookies

1 1/3 Cups shortening
7 Cups flour
1 1/3 Cup butter
4 Teaspoons baking powder
3 Cups sugar
2 Teaspoons salt
4 Eggs
2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
Granulated sugar for decoration


2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 oz. cream cheese softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
Food coloring (optional)


Sugar Cookies

Preheat oven to 350.

Cream together the butter, shortening, and sugar. Beat in the eggs and Vanilla. Combine flour, salt and baking powder, and gradually add to creamed mixture. Roll dough into walnut sized balls and roll in the sugar. Place them on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart, and gently tap with bottom of glass to flatten slightly. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until bottom is light brown and remove to wire racks to cool.


Cream ingredients together in bowl, add food coloring if desired. We did ours green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Crissy Page

Crissy Page is the founder and CEO of Dear Crissy and Parent Pretty. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two spirited and super-cool kids.

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  1. Still Blonde after all these YEARS — April 24, 2012 @ 11:04 am (#)

    Look really succulent. I am a fan of the Flat Sugar cookies but these would be worth a try! Giving you 5 stars girl for beautifully presented cookies!


  2. Melissa — April 24, 2012 @ 11:07 am (#)

    Those look absolutely delicious! I love frosting with cream cheese in them. Now I’m craving frosted sugar cookies!


  3. Ellen Christian — April 24, 2012 @ 11:36 am (#)

    Yummy! Those look so good! I love sugar cookies!


  4. Debi@ The Spring Mount 6 Pack — April 24, 2012 @ 12:48 pm (#)

    Those look very yummy.


  5. Caryn B — April 24, 2012 @ 12:53 pm (#)

    Those look awesome! Yum!


  6. Toni Kaplan — April 26, 2012 @ 2:57 pm (#)

    I have to say I can’t find a dairy free icing recipe! We have a boy in my son’s preschool class allergic to dairy. Its not life threatening but I want to make sure there is always something at events all the kids can eat. PS My son starts kindergarten, hopefully these monthly events slop down!!


  7. Elysia S — June 1, 2012 @ 9:06 pm (#)

    I’m so hungry, I could really use one or two or three… right now!


  8. Kris Garvey — June 11, 2012 @ 3:03 pm (#)

    I am obsessed with this type of sugar cookie – sounds so easy to make! I’ll have to try this some day! Adding it to Pinterest :)


  9. Deb Dorrington — June 17, 2012 @ 7:36 pm (#)

    These cookies look very yummy. I usually love the flat harder sugar cookies but these look so good I think I try them out on the kids….thanks for the new recipe.


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