Soft Chewy Sugar Cookies
Classic soft and chewy sugar cookies with a secret ingredient!
Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
+ 2 Tablespoons Sugar
Pure Vanilla Extract
plus more for rolling out
Heavy Cream or Whole Milk
or ½ teaspoon almond, peppermint, or rum extract
Optional: 4 ounces Cream Cheese
softened (adds a little creamy tang and makes the frosting less sweet)
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar for 4 minutes, until light and fluffy.
Add cream cheese and beat for 2 minutes.
Add egg and vanilla and cream together.
Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir just until combined.
Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes - 1 hour.
Sprinkle flour over a surface where you will be rolling out cookie dough. Roll out sugar cookie dough to desired thickness. Cut out into shapes.
Place on parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until lightly golden on edges but still soft in the center.
To make buttercream frosting:
Cream butter for 4 minutes. If adding optional cream cheese, add and beat for 1 minute. Add powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes.
Spread over cookies.