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Soft Sugar Cookies

A slight deviation from standard sugar cookies, this recipe uses Greek yoghurt to give the cookies extra moisture.

soft sugar cookies on a plate with a napkin in the background


  • 120 ml (½ cup) plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 110 g (½ cup) butter, softened
  • 180 g (1½ cup) icing sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 120 g (1 cup) whole wheat flour
  • 150 g (1½ cup) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar


  1. Heat the oven to 190°C (375°F).
  2. Place yoghurt, egg, vanilla, butter, icing sugar, and almond extract into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  3. Select Variable 1.
  4. Turn machine on and slowly increase to the highest speed.
  5. Blend for 30 seconds.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, bicarbonate of soda, and cream of tartar.
  7. Stir together the liquid from the Vitamix container into the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Let batter sit, refrigerated, for 2 to 3 hours.
  8. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 0.3 cm (⅛ inch) thick and place on a baking tray. Score into 18 pieces.
  9. Bake for 8 minutes.
  10. Remove and rescore the cookies. Cool and cut into pieces.

Chef's Notes

Skip the artificially coloured sprinkles and candied cherries to adorn your cookies and instead decorate with a selection of nature’s ingredients: nuts, seeds, dried fruits.

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