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  1. The ingredients that make these such good sugar cookies
  2. Watch how to make these sugar cookies
  3. Melt In Your Mouth Sugar Cookies Recipe

Soft, light, melt in your mouth sweetness, and perfect for Valentine’s Day are the best ways to describe these cookies. They’re not the crispy-edged cookie that many associate with sugar cookies. And yet, they are delicious and so incredibly tender that you’ll want to make these every day of the year. Seriously… every day! Or at least have in the freezer to eat at least weekly!

The added unique ingredient of Greek yogurt lends to the tenderness and balances out the sweetness from the frosting. Thankfully, by adjusting the color of the frosting, you can make these for any, or every, special day!

Hand holding sugar cookie with pink frosting and sprinkles on top with a bite taken out

The ingredients that make these such good sugar cookies

  • Butter creams with the sugar to create the perfect cookie texture. The butter also provides the underlying flavor that’s necessary to make these a delicious cookies. Use unsalted, good-quality butter to achieve the best flavor.
  • Greek yogurt adds moisture and also helps the cookies stay tender. If possible, choose a full fat Greek yogurt. Since fat carries flavor, a higher level of fat will enrich the cookies.
  • Vanilla extract is one of the main flavors. Imitation vanillas can have an off taste, so choose pure vanilla extract for a clean vanilla flavor.
  • Baking powder gives these cookies good rise and keeps them more of a cake-like consistency.
  • Baking soda, like baking power, gives lift to the cookies by reacting with the Greek yogurt. Baking soda is also used to provide slight color to the finished cookie.
Top down view of sugar cookies sitting on baking rack with pink frosting and sprinkles all over the top

A cookie is best when it’s simple to make. These truly are easy and, other than rolling and cutting out, they go together super quickly.

To make sure the cookies roll out easily, make sure to follow these steps:

  • Once the cookie batter is mixed together, wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Place wrapped cookie dough in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours to chill and firm up the butter.
  • Once chilled, roll out on a floured surface. Move often while rolling and add more flour as needed to make sure it does not stick.

These steps will ensure the cookies are carefree and easy. The fun part comes when you decorate. Choose any color for the frosting or no coloring at all. Sprinkle with various sugars or sprinkles. This is a great time to involve others, especially kids, and have fun!

Top down view of white countertop with one sugar cookie topped with lots of sprinkles and pink frosting

Watch how to make these sugar cookies

Top down view of baking rack filled with sugar cookies with pink frosting and sprinkles on top

Melt In Your Mouth Sugar Cookies

3.92 from 23 votes
With a slightly sweet cookie and buttercream-style frosting, these sugar cookies are the perfect treat to make for any holiday. What's great is that the cookies are light and airy, which means there's always room for more than one!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 32 mins
Servings 36 cookies

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda

For the frosting

  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 2-3 tbsp cream (or milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • red food coloring (optional)

Instructions
 

For the cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Cream the butter to soften. Add sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Mix in Greek yogurt, eggs, and vanilla.
    ½ cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, ¾ cup Greek yogurt, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Add flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda to the mixer and completely incorporate. Transfer dough to an airtight container and chill for at least two hours. This makes it much easier to roll out.
    3 cups flour, ½ tsp salt, ¾ tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda
  • Once chilled, roll out the dough on a floured surface to ¼-inch thick. Using a 2 ½-inch round biscuit cutter or decorative cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. When fully baked, they should not brown, but instead, puff and become set.
  • Remove from the baking sheet and cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting

  • Cream butter to soften. Add cream and vanilla extract. Mix to combine. Add the powdered sugar. Mix in slowly and then increase speed to fully incorporate and create a smooth texture.
    ½ cup butter, 2-3 tbsp cream (or milk), 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Add food coloring, one drop at a time, until the desired color is achieved. Mix fully after each additional drop. Spread on cooled cookies with an offset spatula.
    red food coloring (optional)

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.8g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 25.4mg | Sodium: 57.2mg | Potassium: 47.1mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 11.3g | Vitamin A: 50.3IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 20.2mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love your recipe. I am going to try it is a little different, but sounds so delicious. I make a sour cream cookies similar . My family lives it. Thank you for sharing. I’m going to try it. I’m sure I will enjoy all your recipes. I have some of yours. Sincerely Rachel.

  2. 5 stars
    For Valentine’s Day, I am making several different kinda of cookies and candy for my great nephew and great nieces—and a few others. I saw your video on Facebook of these sugar cookies. I have to say; I wish everyone will make them once—and you will not use anyother recipe if you want easy, delicious, soft sugar cookies. I used a heart shaped cookie cutter and used your recipe, Kaleb exactly as you instructed; and the icing is also fabulous!!!! Yum!!! Thanks so much for your recipe! When I decide to make diffrent cookies in the future; I will check your site first before deciding on what to make!!!!!

  3. 5 stars
    LOVE this recipe! I’ve been using my mothers recipe for many years but I think these are much better. They stay softer.