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sugar cookies- heart shaped- frosted

Best Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe (with frosting)

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These sugar cookies are perfectly soft and sweet. With crisp edges, thick centers, and room for lots of decorating frosting and sprinkles, I know you’ll love these soft and sweet sugar cookies. There’s something spectacular about a simple, yet perfect, soft sugar cookie. This is a classic recipe you don’t want to miss! Come back and bake these every season with a different cut out shape!

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen cut out cookies 1x


Units Scale


  • 1 1/4 cups Softened Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon pure almond extract
  • 5 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Milk (I prefer whole milk)


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 12 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted (make it as sweet as you like)
  • 2 tablespoons milk



  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  2.  In a stand mixer (or with hand mixer) beat the softened butter, eggs, sugar, and almond extract. Beat until fluffy.
  3.  In another bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Alternate adding flour and milk to combine with other wet ingredients. Add about one cup of the dry ingredients and a splash of milk at a time until well combined and unified cookie dough forms.
  4.  Chill sugar cookie dough for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  5. Roll out dough onto a floured surface and cut into desired cut-out shapes. Place on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart and bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are slightly golden. Let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and put on a cookie cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.


  1. Cream room temperature butter with a hand mixer, the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, or a wooden spoon until smooth and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated (start with 1 cup of sugar and add more until desired sweetness is acquired for your taste). Beat in almond extract. Pour in milk and beat for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.

Assembly: once cookies are cooled frost and decorate as desired!


You can bake the cookies and store in zip lock bags in the freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to use defrost at room temperature and enjoy plain or frost them and enjoy!

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 40 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Sweet/ Dessert
  • Method: American
  • Cuisine: American