Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

I am sure you have seen these cookies if you read other food blogs. When I made them for our monthly work birthday celebration, I felt like I was the last blogger in the world to make them.

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

And boy, was I missing out! For years, every time I saw this recipe pop up in a blog, I thought to myself “man, I really need to make those soon”. Then something else would pop up and these cookies just never made it to the top of my baking list.

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

When I asked my guys who had birthdays what they liked, one said she liked anything, one said she loved chocolate, and one said he liked anything but chocolate. I was stumped. I wasn’t sure where to go with it, so I started searching through my cookbooks and saved recipes.

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

I was in the mood to bake cookies so these cookies were a natural fit. To say these were a hit would be an understatement. Some of the people on my team ate more than one during staff meeting that day. And staff meeting is at 9am. I’m glad I can provide such a well balanced breakfast for my team 😉

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

I had planned ahead and saved one lone cookie for Hubby to have. I knew he’d be disappointed if I had baked something and didn’t let him try it. He instantly asked for an entire batch so he could have another one.

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

These cookies are just so well known and so well liked, it’s a no brainer. You can customize the frosting color and the sprinkles to make them themed for any occasion. They would be a huge hit at a 4th of July party this week. In fact, I might be whipping up another batch to take over to some friends house… Don’t be like me and put off making these cookies. Believe me, you’ll wish you had made them sooner!

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Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

These cookies are similar to the famous Lofthouse cookies you can buy at the store, except they are homemade and taste a thousand times better!

Yield: 2 dozen large cookies


For the Cookies
4 1/2 cups flour
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
5 tsp vanilla extract

For the Frosting
5 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/3 cup (5 1/3 Tbsp) unsalted butter, melted
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
7-8 Tbsp milk (plus more, as needed)
Food coloring (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients mixing just until incorporated and evenly mixed. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.

When you are ready to bake the cookies, scoop a scant quarter cup of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the ball slightly and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the cookies at least 2-3 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes or just until set (do not overbake! The edges should be no more than very lightly browned if at all). Let cool on the baking sheet for several minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, place the confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter, vanilla, and milk to the bowl and whisk until smooth. Whisk in additional milk as necessary, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired. Use a spatula or spoon to frost the cooled cookies (If the frosting begins to thicken as you decorate, just continue to whisk in small amounts of milk to keep it workable). Top with sprinkles if desired. Best eaten the day they are made. Store in an airtight container for a couple days.

Recipe seen on Sing For Your Supper, originally from Hostess with the Mostest

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9 Responses to “Marshmallow Fondant Pirate Party Cupcakes”

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    laurasrecipecollection — October 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Your costumes are so cute!
    I love the fondant too. I’m going to be trying fondant for the first time next weekend. You make it look so simple!

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    Xiaolu — October 22, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I MUST try this! I’ve been avoiding fondant cause of all the terrible things I’ve heard about the taste. Problem solved – thanks! You guys are so creative with the costumes too.

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    oneordinaryday — October 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    That is so awesome. An annual pirate party? Sounds like a blast. I love your shirts too. If my kids weren’t already set on their Halloween costumes, I’d suggest being a treasure map instead. That is so creative!!!

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    oneordinaryday — October 22, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Oops – forgot to mention the cupcakes. : )
    Very cool. I’ve never made fondant because I’m afraid it tastes bad. Is it good?

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    Jen — October 22, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    It is good! It tastes like marshmallow but sweeter.

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    nutmegnanny — October 23, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Delicious! If that was your first time making fondant I would give yourself a big pat on the back:) It looks awesome! I need some mad cupcake skills like yours!

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    thereddeer — October 24, 2009 at 12:55 am

    After my current box of fondant has run out I am so making some marshmallow fondant – and now that I know you can use the KitchenAid even better!

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    Carrie — October 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Wow, you did an amazing job! Thank you for the fondant tutorial, I’ve never made fondant before… you make it look so easy!

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    stephchows — October 26, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    just went to a party on saturday. if you show up without a costume the rest of the guests get to pick a costume out of the box of last years costumes for you to wear heeh

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