Milla’s Sugar Cookie

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Who doesn’t love a Sugar Cookie?! A soft, pillowy, sweet, and buttery sugar cookie topped with frosting.
This lovely recipe comes from my best friends Great Grandma Milla. So lucky to be able to share this with you!

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finished heart shaped sugar cookies

So thankful to have received this recipe from my best friend Frankie. It is exactly what I am looking for when I’m craving a sugar cookie. Soft and fluffy, and pairs perfectly with smooth Buttercream Frosting. It has become a favorite in our house.

How to make Milli’s Sugar Cookies

Gathering your ingredients:

sugar cookie ingredients

All-purpose Flour – I find measuring flour is the best option. 384 grams for this recipe to be exact. This does not include the additional flour needed for rolling out and cutting.

Sugar – What’s a Sugar cookie without Sugar!

Baking soda – Aids in keeping your cookies able to stay in their fun shapes.

Baking powder – Aids in lift and a softer texture.

Salt – Balancing the sweetness.

Eggs – Room temperature eggs are best.

Vanilla – A key component to great sugar cookie flavor.

Sour Cream – Who knew right? Adds moisture and aids in that pillowy texture.

Shortening/Unsalted Butter – This recipe is pretty versitle with the fats. You can use either or, or a combination of both.

Cream together your butter and/or shortening along with the granulated sugar with a stand mixer. Mix together for roughly 5 minutes. Creamed butter should be pale yellow in color once creamed.

butter/shortening and sugar in a mixing bowl
creamed butter and sugar

In a large bowl sift together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients and the sour cream to the creamed butter/shortening mixture. Do this alternating between flour and sour cream. Mix on medium speed until all ingredients are fully incorporated. This cookie dough will still be very wet and sticky.

fully combined ingredients

I know you’ll want to make these cookies ASAP, but this is where you’ll have to find patience. I won’t tell you NOT to try a little piece of dough before you chill it.

Pour out your dough onto plastic wrap, or cover your mixing bowl with plastic wrap being sure to press down and make sure the plastic is touching the dough. Chill for at LEAST 3 hours. Best if chilled overnight.

floured wax paper
dough poured out onto floured service

Great Grandma Milla recommends rolling out this dough within two sheets of wax paper. I would agree! This cookie dough is very wet and needs lots of flour dusting to handle. Liberally flour your wax paper and the top of your dough. Repeat, when and where necessary. Place the second piece of wax paper on top of the dough and start to gently roll out. 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick is perfect.

Time to pick out your cookie cutters! It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so hearts were a perfect choice.

rolled out dough and heart cookie cutter
heart shapes cut out of dough

Preheat your oven to 350 F.

Prepare your baking sheets with a sheet of parchment paper. Depending on the size of your cookies I would place 9-12 cookies on each sheet with 1-2 inches between each cookie. As you’ll see in my next photo, I did not follow my own advice. The results are still delicious.

Before cutting out each cookie, dip your cookie cutter into flour. If you don’t you’ll notice quickly because your cookie cutters will start sticking. If there’s a bit of sticking under the cookie, use an offset spatula to gently lift.

cookies placed on baking sheet

*Optional* – Sprinkle each cookie with a light dusting of granulated sugar before baking. This gives a slightly sweet crunch to the top. Unnecessary if frosting with Buttercream after baking.

Bake for 11 minutes. Once baked, allow cooling on either the baking sheet or cooling rack until completely cooled.

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Milla’s Sugar Cookie

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A soft pillowy sugar cookie. A labor of love and patience.

  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x



1 cup shortening (substitute unsalted butter)

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup sour cream

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder


  1. Cream together slightly softened butter and sugar using a stand mixer, 5-7 minutes.
  2. Using a hand mixer or whisk, beat together eggs and vanilla. Add this mixture to your creamed butter and sugar.
  3. In a large bowl sift together, flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  4. Beat the flour mixture and the sour cream into the wet mix. Alternate adding each ingredient to allow each to fully incorporate.
  5. Place dough mixture onto plastic wrap. Wrap tightly and chill for at least 3 hours. BEST if chilled overnight.
  6. After chilling: Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Roll out cookie dough between two sheets of liberally floured parchment or wax paper to 1/2 inch thick. Add flour as you go. Dough IS sticky and can be hard to work with.
  8. Flour desired cookie cutters and cut one at a time, flouring cookie cutter in between cuts. Carefully place cookie dough onto prepared parchment-lined baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 11 minutes. Allow cooling on a baking sheet or cooling rack. If frosting, cool completely.


  • Visit here, for a lovely Buttercream Frosting recipe to top your sugar cookie with.
  • *Not using cookie-cutter* – Roll two tbsp into a ball and place it on your baking sheet. Gently tap to press into flat circles, or leave round.
  • *Optional* – Sprinkle lightly with sugar before baking. This is a good option if you’re not putting frosting into your cookie.
  • Author: Milla Jones Knoch
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: fluffy sugar cookies, soft sugar cookies, bakery style cookies

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By on February 4th, 2022

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