Today, my baby turns 11. How in the world did that happen? It just seems like yesterday we were putting his crib together and preparing for our bundle of joy to arrive, giving him his first bath in the hospital and marveling over our miracle, snuggling in the rocking chair and singing lullabies, reading Goodnight Moon every single night without being able to skip even the brush, and teaching him how to ride a bicycle with tears streaming down my face as he took off.
Years really do flash by in a blink, don’t they?
Knowing how much he loves frosted soft sugar cookies, I knew they’d make a great birthday cookie cake. He’s loved frosted soft sugar cookies since the morning I wheeled him past the bakery at our local Publix and the sweetest lady in charge of the bakery asked if he could have a cookie. She picked out a soft sugar cookie topped with white frosting and blue and red sprinkles. I’ll never forget the sprinkles, because he looked at them and waited until I picked one off and ate it before he would eat it.
As I pushed him through the store, he kept saying, “mmmmmm” and closing his eyes with each bite he took. That started his love affair with these cookies.
For years, I refused to learn a recipe to make them, because I knew I loved them just as much as he did and wouldn’t be satisfied with just one.
Later though, I decided that the Publix bakery really shouldn’t get the memory of a favorite cookie. I’m kinda jealous like that. So, I tried numerous recipes for making them and finally found one that he approved. His soft sugar cookie stamp of approval was hard earned and oh so worth it!
For his birthday this year, I decided to make him a frosted soft sugar cookie cake. I used my frosted soft sugar cookie recipe and made vanilla bean buttercream frosting for the top.
Here’s the recipe for my Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies that you can easily make into a cookie cake for special occasion.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time and combine well. Increase speed of mixer after both eggs have been incorporated. Add in vanilla.
- In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients through salt with a whisk. Using the paddle attachment of mixer, gradually incorporate dry ingredients into butter mixture until all has been combined.
- To make cookies
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and place onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Gently press cookie dough with the palm of your hand to flatten.
- Place into preheated oven and back for 7-8 minutes. Do not overbake.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet while making frosting.
- To make cookie cake
- Spray a 9-inch skillet or cake pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour cookie dough into skillet or pan and gently spread evenly to all edges of pan.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cookie cake comes out clean.
- Set aside while making frosting.
And here is the recipe for my Vanilla Bean Buttercream Soft Sugar Cookie Frosting. Oh my gosh – you need it!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
- 3 tablespoons half and half, divided
- sprinkles (optional)
- In a large bowl, cream butter. Gradually add confectioner's sugar at ½ cup a time. After each cup has been added, increase speed of mixer to incorporate more air. Once all sugar has been added, add in vanilla bean paste and mix well.
- Gradually add half and half, one tablespoon at a time until frosting reaches a spreadable consistency.
- Spread frosting on top of cooled cookies or cookie cake.
- Decorate with sprinkles (optional).
- Slice and serve.
I hope these cookies bring as many special memories to your family as they do for ours.