Soft and Puffy Greek Yogurt Sugar Cookies

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Greek Yogurt Sugar Cookies are the softest, fluffiest sugar cookies of all time, and they keep their shape super well. The not-so-secret secret ingredient? Greek yogurt, of course!

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These sugar cookies are a killer dupe for the ones in the plastic boxes begging you to take them home when you’re in line at the grocery store. However, these have a lot of goodness packed into them instead of bright pink-dyed frosting and who-knows-what in the cookies themselves.

There’s something so satisfying about hand-making your own from scratch and seeing everything that goes into them. Especially because these have a secret ingredient that packs extra moisture, wholesomeness, and protein power: Greek yogurt!

pale cookies on a wire rack with white frosting and colored sprinkles on top.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These Greek Yogurt Sugar Cookies are an absolute hit for a girl’s birthday party, a game day treat, or a backyard gathering with finger foods.
  • This a homemade, healthier recipe for those store-bought sugar cookies that beg you to take them home from the grocery store.
  • Easily change the flavor of the cookie by using flavored Greek yogurt and flavored extract in the frosting.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Butter – if using salted butter, lower the amount of salt used in the recipe
  • Sugar – plain granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract – or a different flavored extract if you want to change the flavor of the cookies
  • Greek yogurt – either plain Greek yogurt or a flavored yogurt, like vanilla or lemon
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda – yes, both baking powder and baking soda are needed in this recipe
  • Flour – regular all-purpose flour

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

cookie dough rolled out with cookie cutter, flour scoop, and wooden rolling pin next to a white cookie sheet with cut out cookies on it.

How to Make Greek Yogurt Sugar Cookies

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together, and then add the other wet ingredients, followed by the dry.
  2. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  3. Divide the dough in half, roll it out, and cut it into shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-11 minutes.
  4. Let the cookies cool and spread frosting over the tops, sprinkling with toppings if desired.

Recipe FAQs

How long do sugar cookies last after baking?

Sugar cookies last quite a while if little hands and mouths don’t get to them first! Store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry cupboard or pantry for 1 to 2 weeks. They can also be kept in the fridge if you prefer. They’ll freeze for much longer, up to 3 months.

Why did my sugar cookies spread?

Make sure you don’t skip the chilling the dough step. It’s important to maintain the shape of the cookie as it bakes. If you chilled the dough thoroughly, be sure you followed the correct measurements, especially for sugar and butter. Too much sugar and butter can cause cookies to spread while baking.

Can you leave sugar cookies out overnight?

Yes, these can be stored at room temperature for a few days! Just ensure they’re covered in a sealable container or with plastic wrap and away from sinks, stoves, and ovens.

pale round cookies on a silver wire rack.

Expert Tips

  • You can have fun with them by swapping out the vanilla for other extract varieties, like lemon, almond, or orange, in either the cookie dough or frosting for a different flavor experience—or both!
  • Don’t skip the chilling the dough step. It’s important to maintain the shape of the cookie as it bakes.
  • Also be sure to follow the correct measurements, especially for sugar and butter. Too much sugar and butter can cause cookies to spread while baking.
Greek Yogurt Sugar Cookies with pale cookies on a wire rack with white frosting and colored sprinkles on top.
Greek Yogurt Sugar Cookies are the softest, fluffiest sugar cookies of all time, and they keep their shape super well. The not-so-secret secret ingredient? Greek yogurt, of course!
4.86 from 7 votes

Soft and Puffy Greek Yogurt Sugar Cookies

Greek Yogurt Sugar Cookies are the softest, fluffiest sugar cookies of all time, and they keep their shape super well. The not-so-secret secret ingredient? Greek yogurt, of course!
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 24 (Makes 2 dozen cookies)

Ingredients 

For the Cookies

  • 1/3 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • Dash of salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Sprinkles for decorating
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Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. You can use a stand mixer, an electric hand mixer, or a fork and some elbow grease to do this.
  • Add the egg and vanilla, and stir until very smooth.
  • Add the Greek yogurt, and stir until combined.
  • Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and all-purpose flour and stir until well combined. The dough will be sticky.
  • Place the dough on a piece of plastic wrap, shape into a disk, wrap well, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 36 hours.
  • When you are ready to bake the dough, remove it from the fridge, unwrap, and divide it into 2 pieces. Roll the dough out to 1/2-inch thick on a well-floured surface, and cut into shapes (I used a 3-inch circle cookie cutter). Place the cut out cookies on a parchment- or baking-mat-lined cookie sheet, and bake at 350 degrees F. for 10-11 minutes. The tops of the cookies will be light but the bottom should be lightly brown.
  • Repeat with remaining dough.
  • To make the frosting, add the butter, vanilla, 1 tablespoon of cream or milk, and the dash of salt to a large bowl, and beat until fluffy, about a minute. (A stand or hand mixer works well for this). Add the powdered sugar, and beat until smooth and fluffy. If the frosting is too thick, add the additional tablespoon of cream or milk and beat again.
  • When the cookies are completely cooled, add a generous helping of frosting and sprinkles.

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Notes

  • Don’t skip chilling the dough. It’s a must-do step.
  • You can flavor these cookies by swapping out the vanilla for an extract like lemon, orange, or even coconut or almond. It’s a delicious way to switch things up a bit. You could also do that to the icing!
  • Be sure to follow the correct measurements, especially for sugar and butter. Too much sugar and butter can cause cookies to spread while baking.
  • These are a perfect cookie for any holiday or party and can be designed for the specific occasion—red, white, and blue coloring and sprinkles for 4th of July or Memorial Day, your child’s favorite colors for birthdays, red and green for Christmas…the options are endless!

Nutrition

Serving: 2 of 24 cookies, Calories: 183kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 111mg, Potassium: 25mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 216IU, Vitamin C: 0.004mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg
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22 Comments

  1. Sonya says:

    5 stars
    These turned out fabulous and the family loved them. I used almond flavoring and have used anise as well. Love that I add a bit of protein to fill me up so I don’t eat as many. Lol. I used salted butter. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  2. E.S. says:

    Did you use salted, or unsalted butter?

    1. Melissa says:

      I only buy salted, but the “correct” answer for your baking is to use unsalted. You can use what you prefer or have on hand.

  3. Kaye says:

    Exactly!!!

  4. Melissa says:

    I make these often, I wonder what went wrong? I’m sorry they didn’t turn out for you.

  5. fanniemitchell268@gmail.com says:

    5 stars
    ? Delicious !

    1. Melissa says:

      Fun and kinda different aren’t they! I love this recipe!

  6. Clare says:

    Can you freeze the dough?

    1. Melissa says:

      I haven’t tried it. I have frozen the baked cookies with success though.

  7. Mercy says:

    5 stars
    I made these with gluten free flour and they turned out amazingly! No xanthan gum or anything…. just substituted the flour. Light, fluffy and yummy!

    1. Melissa says:

      That’s so good to know, thank you! I can’t wait to try that for my GF friends. I appreciate you taking the time to come back and let us know what worked for you.

  8. Deven Brown says:

    These came out absolutely perfect! And they didn’t spread, even when I used a star shaped cookie cutter!

    1. Melissa says:

      Aren’t they so soft too! I’m so glad you loved them!

  9. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    These cookies look so delicious! I love that frosting!

    1. Melissa says:

      They are yummy for sure! Hope you enjoy them.

  10. Holly says:

    These look amazing! Always love trying out new sugar cookie recipes so I will add this to my list! Thank you for sharing!