This Simple Sugar Cookies Recipe Has a Secret Ingredient That Makes Them Irresistible by Heather Holter

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4 months ago

This Simple Sugar Cookies Recipe Has a Secret Ingredient That Makes Them Irresistible

You know the old saying, "that's how the cookie crumbles?" Well, if there's anything I hate, it's crumbly cookies. I mean, who wants a hard cookie, right? But I found the answer to making soft, moist cookies that are absolutely irresistible!

What is this secret ingredient? Instant pudding. Seriously! I add instant pudding mix to the cookie dough. I cannot take credit for this brilliant idea. I found this recipe for double chocolate chip cookies and, they were so amazing, I thought I would try it for sugar cookies. The secret ingredient worked amazingly well in my recipe!

Here's your shopping list: butter, brown sugar, refined sugar, instant vanilla pudding mix, eggs, vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. I also include a recipe for simple buttercream frosting below that you can use to frost these soft cookies. 

See my Recipe Notes for a bunch of fun variations on the sugar cookie recipe. This versatile cookie recipe makes so many great dessert options! 

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 40



Buttercream Icing (optional)

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Recipe Notes

  • Store the cookies in an airtight food container.
  • For snickerdoodles, roll dough in cinnamon sugar instead of sugar.
  • For lemon cookies, use lemon pudding and lemon extract instead of vanilla.
  • For chocolate cookies, use chocolate pudding instead of vanilla and add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder.
  • You can also change the frosting this way using lemon extract or adding cocoa powder.
  • Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies, depending on the size.

Here’s how to make them:

  1. Cream together butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir in pudding mix (dry) and vanilla. Beat in eggs.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients. Stir into the wet ingredients.
  3. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll cookie dough into balls, roll in sugar and place onto the baking sheet. Flatten with the bottom of a glass.
  4. Bake in a preheated 325-degree F for 10 minutes or until the edges are set. (The center will be doughy.) Let sit on pan for 2 minutes and remove to a cooling rack. Frost with buttercream, if desired.
  5. To make the buttercream, beat the butter with an electric mixer. Add the powdered sugar gradually, one cup at a time, then add in the vanilla and milk.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 99

Total Fat: 4.9g

Saturated Fat: 3g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 136mg

Total Carbohydrate: 12.6g

Dietary Fiber: 0.2g

Total Sugars: 6.6g

Protein: 1.1g

Vitamin D: 4mcg

Calcium: 11mg

Iron: 0mg

Potassium: 29mg

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Meredith Schneider
Yum! I love soft sugar cookies.
Sugar cookies are my favorite!

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