These are just like the generously frosted, super soft sugar cookies found at most supermarkets. I found the recipe raking through google for a copycat recipe, I don't think their brand (Lofthouse) gives out the recipe. I made them for my friend Kelly, and she was thrilled. She's a huge fan of the popular cookies and says "They are exactly the same, but these are better because they're homemade!" Sorry I don't have a source for the recipe.
for the melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cream of tarter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups all purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cream together the butter, oil, and sugars. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well. In a separate bowl sift together the remaining dry ingredients. Combine with the wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Refrigerate dough or roll into evenly-sized balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Leave on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
for the frosting:
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp half and half (or whole milk)
5 drops food coloring
Beat together all ingredients well, adding milk and food coloring last for desired thickness and color. Frost cooled cookies generously and add decorations as desired.