Pillowy Soft Powdered Sugar Cookie Recipe: What More Do You Need? by 30Seconds Food

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Pillowy Soft Powdered Sugar Cookie Recipe: What More Do You Need?

Cookies! Can we ever get enough cookie recipes? We don't think so. For many cookies like sand tarts, Italian butter balls, Greek butter cookies (kourabiedes) and Mexican wedding cookies, powdered sugar is used at the end to coat the cookies. But this powdered sugar cookie recipe utilizes powdered sugar in the cookie dough. Why add powdered sugar to the cookie dough batter? Because it creates a tender, soft and pillowy cookie.

This powdered sugar cookie recipe is made with powdered sugar, all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, butter, granulated sugar, an egg, vanilla extract and ... wait for it ... sprinkles! How fun! The cookie dough is mixed together, rolled into balls, then rolled in granulated sugar before being baked in the oven for about 10 minutes. Do not overbake or you will not get pillowy soft cookies!

Store the sprinkled cookies in an airtight container to keep them soft and moist. You can omit the sprinkles, but why? They're colorful and festive. These would make fun cookies for a birthday party or other celebration.

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

Servings: Makes 2 dozen 


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • large pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sprinkles
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for rolling

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Whisk together the flour, powdered sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. 
  2. In another bowl, cream the butter and granulated  sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Fold in the sprinkles. (You could sprinkle them on top instead of folding them into the batter.)
  4. Put the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar into a small bowl. Roll the dough into balls (about 2 tablespoons) and then roll in the granulated sugar. Put them onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheets. 
  5. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 10 minutes or until just set. Cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before removing to cool completely. 

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Baking Sheets $8 & Up
Parchment Paper $3 & Up
Powdered Sugar $2 & Up
Sprinkles $4 & Up
Baking Powder $2 & Up
Vanilla Extract $4 & Up
Flour $2 & Up

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Sugar cookies are the all time greats!
I could use some pillowy soft cookies right about now. Great recipe.

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