This recipe is adapted from Vintage Revivals and That’s Some Good Cookin’ If you’re looking for a dense, out of this world, bakery-esque sugar cookie, here’s your girl. These cookies are large and in charge but you can easily make them smaller if you wish. They come together dangerously fast and can last dangerously long (in the freezer).
- 2 1/4 c. + 1 tbsp. all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt, heaping
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. pure cane sugar (plus more for flattening)
- 1/4 c. + 2 tbsp. powdered sugar
- 1/4 c. + 2 tbsp. vegetable oil*
- 1 large egg
- 2 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 c. powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. heavy cream
- splash of vanilla extract
- pinch of kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Set out butter and cream cheese to come to room temperature.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until well combined. Add in oil and egg and continue mixing until pale in color and evenly combined, about 1 minute.
- Add flour into the wet ingredients and incorporate on low speed until just combined, pulsing to initially incorporate. Dough will be dense and fairly dry. You should probably taste it just to make sure it’s good. Ok, now stop. This recipe makes exactly a bakers dozen.
- Using a #16 (2 oz) ice cream scoop, scoop out 6 dough balls on to the prepped baking sheet leaving at a time, at least 2″ apart. Into a flat-bottomed bowl add about 2 tablespoons of sugar. Using the base of a glass cup (with the tiniest shmear of water to get the sugar to initially stick), dunk in sugar, and press out dough until it just passes the edge of the cup. Repeat.
- Bake for 8 minutes. Allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to continue cooling.
- While cookies cool completely, make frosting. Cream together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Mix in powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, and kosher salt. Continue beating until frosting turns white. Frosting too thin? Add more powdered sugar. Frosting too thick? Add more cream. The humidity can totally effect the consistency.
- Spread on cookies. Start by adding a large dollop to the middle of the cookie and slowly spreading toward the edge, working the frosting back and forth. Sprinkle. Store uncovered for up to two days. Or freeze them for long lasting consumption. After 12 hours, place on baking sheet and flash freeze in freezer for about 30 minutes. Remove and individually (and carefully) wrap in plastic wrap. Store in an airtight freezer bag in freezer for up to a month. Allow to come to room temp for about 20 minutes before eating.
* I’m always looking for the healthiest baking oils, which seem to change by the day. I used Grapeseed Oil, which has a high smoke point and neutral flavor, for this recipe.
• Annoyed with all the extra tablespoons here and there? I halved the original cookie recipe since it made so many cookies. I also deleted out the water and added more flour since they came together wet. Maybe it’s due to the humid state I live in. When halving or double recipes, remember these measurements.
Once again….WOW… these cookies rock.. I changed Nothing and they are fantastic. Very rich but ohhhhhhh so tasty. . I doubled the batch and they disappeared in no time flat… I guess everyone at work liled them as much as I did…. thanks again…
You should know I’ve made these three times since you posted this. I had previously made the vintage revivals recipe, and while good, I think your tweaks are just perfect. Love this, love you and hope y’all are settling in! Xoxo
Sami, I could just hug you! Thanks for the feedback. Hope you and that sweet babe of yours are doing well. I LOVE seeing pics of her! We’re almost box-free over here. Almost…
Good luck with the move! And with the teething…
These cookies look super yummy and super cheerful – absolutely gorgeous! Xx
these look so cute & delicious… definitely will be recreating the recipe. thanks for the awesome inspiration & ideas.
Swigggggg cookies! They are divine and I’m excited to try these today. The “real” icing for sure isn’t cream cheesy but I’m sure this one is delightful. Can’t wait to enjoy these!
You’ll have to let me know what you think and if you changed the frosting at all (esp since I haven’t had a real swig cookie before).
Oh my. This looks too good to be true! Cream cheese frosting? Yes, please! These look like the melt in your mouth variety. The perfect excuse to procrastinate if you ask me.
What an instant perk-upper! I can only imagine what these cookies will taste like. Thanks for the recipe! Arrrgh, falling into that sugar temptation again.
Oh man, I feel you friend. I’ve needed like 3 of these every day this week. xoxoxo
Good luck with all the craziness going on in your life right now!! These cookies sound like the perfect breath of fresh air from it all. Hope they gave you some relief!
Good luck with the big move! This recipe looks like a hug in cookie form, so I can totally see these helping in a stressful situation!
These cookies like look so bright and happy. I am glad they were able to give you a bit of relief from your woes, if only for a minute. Hope you move is going as smoothly as possible!
I love the look of these cookies! I am a huge cookie person, but icing and sprinkles? Makes it even better. Will have to try!
I totally get it girl! I had the same feeling when we moved last year and still after so many months our stuff is sitting in uhual. It seriously puts so much pressure and I just go crazy thinking about I want to make sure I am on top of everything. These cookies are a winner in my book!!
Ok so these look delicious.
These cookies look like perfection! I need some of them in my life asap! Bookmarked and pinned!
Beautiful photos, as always. I want to reach right into my computer and grab a cookie! Good luck with the move!
Best of luck with the move and enjoy the time with your family on vacation. I’ve seen the Swig cookie but like you, haven’t tried them. If this isn’t the most delicious of nudges, I don’t know what is! Looks wonderful.
I’m pretty sure that just one of those things would require a big ol’ helping of cookies to get you through the day but to have so much going on at the same time?! Definitely all the cookies. Good luck with the move; I hope you’re settled in your new place really quickly xo
these cookies are amazing melissa! i love the sprinkles – sprinkles just add instant happy!
good luck with your move and all of your deadlines. sending lots of good thoughts your way! 🙂
Nothing beats a classic sugar cookie! And with sprinkles? The best.
Good luck with the move prep! Minneapolis will welcome you with open arms.
So much on your plate, Melissa! Thinking of you as you tackle it all — with supreme grace, I know. And these giant sugar cookies, which I imagine are an immense help in overcoming any obstacle. I’ve never had a Swig cookie either, but for me, love is spelled “Lofthouse,” so I believe in the power of these! Sending good vibes your way!
Thinking of you guys as you make your big move. Although I’m still a little bitter that you’re not coming to Denver. 😉 These cookies look delicious and oh-so beautiful, lady. I haven’t had a good sugar cookie in so long and I think I need to change that.
Super charged and poignant writing under such duress? And you made adorable cookies with photographs that entice and bring smiles; my dear, you are my hero. A friend sent me to your site for the bitchin sauce and what a boon to discover your artistry and excellent prose. I send you peace for this flight and look forward to your smooth landing. Aloha from Kauai.
Mmmm, these look yummy! I mostly skip past recipes for sugar cookies, assuming that they are just the equivalent of a British biscuit, but oh boy, if this is a typical sugar cookie recipe, I’ve been missing out, because anything with frosting and sprinkles is something I want to get to know! I hope you enjoy your break! x
I’m totally in love with the homemade version of the Lofthouse that I’ve been making for years buuuut…there’s always room in my kitchen for a new soft sugar cookie recipe. And now I’m totally craving them! Thanks for sharing!!
Melissa, these are absolutely adorable!!! Love the pictures (as always). XOXO
Wait, did i miss something? you’re moving again!?
Also these look amazing
I know, I know! I underplayed this move on here and in real life. Not a box is packed. Ack! We’re moving to Minneapolis (hopefully for a good long while).
stomach grumbling, drool forming. WANT. i saw these all over IG too and was like DAMN i want to make these only just to CRAM 14 of them immediately. i am very much making these…
food is totally my stress-helper, too – or is that called emotional eating?? heehee… either way, hoping things mellow out for you and the babe breaks through her teething like a champ! (although i remember my kiddo teddy being pretty good with teething except MOLARS. eeks.)
beautiful photos and styling as usual, too, melissa! xo
Pretty sure I need one [or one dozen] of these right now. Wishing you all the best in the coming weeks! I think breathing + cookies are the keys to success. You’ll be settled in no time and the craziness will be a blur. xo