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Super Soft Sugar Cookies (Copycat Paradise Bakery Recipe)



If you’ll be doing some holiday baking this week, consider making these super soft, melt in your mouth, sugar cookies. This simple and straightforward recipe uses cake flour and shortening that will result in THICK & SOFT bakery style cookies you’d find at the popular chain restaurant Paradise Bakery.

Copycat Paradise Bakery Sugar Cookies

Recipe found at azcentral.com , Makes 3 dozen small cookies


2 Cups Shortening
1 Cup White Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 and 1/3 cup Cake Flour
3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
*Sugar for Decorating



  • Using a an electric mixer, cream together both sugars and shortening.
  • Add in beaten egg and vanilla extract. Mix for a couple minutes until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Slowly stir together wet and dry ingredients. Don’t over mix.
  • Drop spoonful’s of dough on a cookie sheet. Press down a little to flatten.
  • Bake at 375 for about 9 minutes. Cookies are done when cracked a little around the edges, but not yet brown.
  • Remove from oven, place on cooling rack and top with granulated sugar or sprinkles.
  • Note: This batch made 22 large cookies, so number of cookies will vary based on how big you decide to scoop them.


These happen to be the cookies we make at the holidays and pretty much my FAV cookie EVER! Just FYI- Santa LOVES these, too! 🎅

To make them more festive, you can add green and red sprinkles to the top, crushed candy canes, or add cinnamon & sugar for more of a Snicker Doodle taste. You can even add other yummy add-ins like mini M&Ms. YUM!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 45

  1. Debbie

    Thank you for the recipe. Think I’ll give these a whirl!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh sure! Enjoy Debbie 😀

  2. Anu C

    Instead of shortening, can butter be used?

    • Alex

      In general, butter cookies bake up a bit flatter than with shortening. But, I prefer the flavor to shortening.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      It probably can although shortening is what makes them thick and not flatten so much so may be a different texture is all 😀 thanks

    • Rebecca

      Maybe try butter-flavored shortening?

    • Kelly

      I use half shortening and half butter in my soft sugar cookie recipe. Yum!

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Great idea! I’m trying that next time 👍🏻

  3. Tasha

    These look delicious! I’m also trying to find a sugar cookie recipe for rolling dough, kids are at an age they’d really have fun making decorative cookies.

  4. Nicole

    I love their coconut chocolate cookies! YUM!!

  5. Vivienne

    Could I use coconut oil instead of shortening?

    • Angie

      I wonder that, too. I just can’t with shortening. Something about how it looks and knowing what it is, just makes me think of that texture clogging my arteries. I have no problem with real butter, though!

      • Laura

        I can handle a small amount of shortening – but 2 cups! Holy moly

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          Ha I know. It’s like a make once a year recipe that makes the texture thick and almost snowlike. ❄️

          • Laura

            My youngest loves the thick sugar cookies. Thank you for the new recipe

  6. Laura

    Free shutterfly 8×11 calender, expires jan 31. Merry christmas! KEBH-0YGT-M8DY-0E0K9S

    • denise

      Thank you so much!!!

    • denise

      It was already used Laura! Thank you anyway very thoughtful of you!

      • laurat

        Aww sorry .

      • Emily

        Denise if you want a calendar you can email me and I will send you a code junogreenie @ gmail dot come

  7. Kay

    I have never tried this bakery. Can anyone tell me if they are comparable to a national chain/brand? Thank you in advance!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I’d say Panera is close. In fact some of our paradise bakery locations are turning into Panera.

  8. Mary

    Also wondering about substituting butter. Anyone tried this?

  9. Jess

    Is this more chewy or cake like?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No I’d say more cake or soft/crumbly.

  10. Tracy

    Hi, can anybody send me the link to the recipe Collin made yesterday in the video with her daughter? Thank You and Merry Christmas!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I think she shared this no bake cookie idea. Combine equal amounts peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. Spread mixture between two Ritz crackers. Dip in melted chocolate and top with sprinkles.
      Hope that helps!

      • Tracy


  11. wendy r

    Sounds is good! I have the same car cookie jar from Target!

  12. laureen

    I wonder how this would taste with icing….

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Delicious! 😀

  13. Rebecca

    Thanks! I needed to quickly come up with some recipes to make with my daughter this week. Time is running out! And this recipe is perfect for my dairy-allergic son, too! Double win. 🙂

  14. Jess

    Has anyone tried this with gluten free flour?

    • Emily

      I haven’t but I’m thinking about trying it for my gluten free dairy free son!

  15. Emily

    Lina is there a place where we can contact you with an idea for a printable?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure! I love hearing reader ideas. 👍

  16. Paula

    Do you add the snicker doodle topping or sprinkles before or after baking?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)


  17. Marie

    Thank you will will giving then for a bs. We have a forclosure 2. Days after fricosulouse. So scare

  18. Marie

    Forclosure for for hour house after Christmas with a 8 year old

  19. mensrae

    Can we use regular fkour instead of cake flour? Ehats the difference?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Just read this online :

      To make two cups of cake-and-pastry flour (cake flour), combine 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour with 1/4 cup cornstarch; proceed with your recipe. The easiest way to do this substitution is to put 2 tbsp of cornstarch in the bottom of a 1-cup measuring cup, then fill the cup as usual with all-purpose flour and level top.

      • v

        Thanks for passing along the “cake flour “conversion tip. I will be making these in within the next couple days.

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