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Big Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies made with Greek Yogurt

Big Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies made with Greek Yogurt

I confess that in my former life, i.e., my pre-Alaska life, I may have enjoyed my fair share of those big fat Lofthouse frosted sugar cookies they place strategically all over the grocery store with their alluring seasonal colors and sprinkles. Whew…  I’m glad I got that off my chest. You know exactly which ones I’m talking about.

Big Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies made with Greek Yogurt

I also confess that I just made yet another recipe with Greek yogurt. Whoops. Sorry about that. This will be the last one for a little while. Promise. But, the yogurt is the little bit of magic in these cookies… like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow magical. Pastor Alaska says they melt in your mouth they’re so soft. In case you’re thinking I added the yogurt to these cookies to make them lower in fat or higher in protein, I really didn’t (although those are great benefits, too). I added it simply because it makes these cookies even better than the store-bought Lofthouse variety. You can substitute sour cream in this recipe if you don’t have or don’t like Greek yogurt. I’ve made them both ways.

Big Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies made with Greek Yogurt

Big Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies made with Greek Yogurt

As soon as I posted a preview of these cookies to Instagram and Facebook, I received two very sweet requests from kids (via their parents) begging for these for their birthdays coming up this week. So, a big happy birthday to you both! I truly hope you love these cookies as much as my kids do and that this birthday will be the best yet.

Big Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies made with Greek Yogurt

Yield: About 2 dozen cookies

Big Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies made with Greek Yogurt

Big soft Lofthouse style frosted sugar cookies made with Greek Yogurt. Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • For the Frosting*:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • food coloring, as desired
  • sprinkles, as desired

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Incorporate the eggs, followed by the vanilla, and the yogurt, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Gradually add the dry ingredients until it all just comes together. The dough will be sticky.
  3. Divide the dough in half and flatten each half into a disc. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least two hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 425, placing oven rack in the middle of the oven. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Unwrap the dough and place it onto a floured work surface. Dust the top of the dough with flour also. Roll the dough to 1/3-inch thickness. Cut the dough with a round cutter (about 2-3-inch size cutter). Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining dough.
  6. Bake the cookies 6-7 minutes until cooked through and golden on the bottom (mine were perfect at 6 minutes. Be careful not to over bake. You don't want any color on the top of sides of the cookies, just the bottom). Transfer cookies immediately to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
  7. To Make Frosting:
  8. In the bowl of a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and vanilla. Reduce speed and add the powdered sugar gradually. Add the cream, then increase the speed and beat frosting until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add food coloring as desired, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Frost cookies (I used a piping bag with a large round tip in a round swirling motion, then used a small off-set spatula to lightly spread the frosting). Sprinkle the cookies with sprinkles as desired directly after frosting so that the sprinkles will adhere.
  9. Store cookies in an airtight container.

Notes

*This frosting recipe makes enough frosting to frost the cookies generously (as pictured). Feel free to cut the frosting recipe in half.

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Big Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies made with Greek Yogurt

8 comments
Mrs Stetler
Mrs Stetler

These look fantastic.  Have you tried this as a base for a cookie fruit pizza? 

HomeSkilletCook
HomeSkilletCook

oh my gosh these look FABULOUS! i'm totally making some of these tomorrow :)

PiperD
PiperD

Does anyone have any idea how to make the cookie without milk products?  My son can have soy.  I would really like to make some of these cake-like cookies for him.  I know how to make a good frosting for him.  Thanks, Renee

beramsey
beramsey

These look delicious! Omigosh, I can't wait to try. I love sugar cookies, but store bought ones are usually pretty ick imo. I bet these will be awesome.

Linda
Linda

Thank you so much!  I am a sucker for those cookies, too.  Can't wait to try these.

angiesrecipes
angiesrecipes

Sugar cookies made with Greek yogurt...sounds amazing!

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

3-4 days, but they are always gone before then! ;)