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Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are a sweet addition to any holiday or occasion. Find the best sugar cookie recipes, including easy sugar cookies, frosting and icing recipes, plus more ideas.

Recipe Spotlight

Best-Ever Sugar Cookies

What makes these cookies the best ever? A delicious cream cheese dough flavored with vanilla, almond and a hint of nutmeg that's wonderfully easy to work with. The adorable decorations don't hurt, either! —Christy Hinrichs, Parkville, Missouri
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More Sugar Cookies

Sugar Diamonds

Sugar Diamonds

Sugar Diamonds

Admits Gladys De Boer, field editor from Castleford, Idaho, "I don't have patience for decorating, so I look for tasty recipes with interesting shapes and textures, like this cookie."

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies

"The almond flavor makes these delicious sugar cookies quite unique," says Renee Schwebach, Dumont, Minnesota.

Baby Shower Sugar Cookies

Baby Shower Sugar Cookies

Baby Shower Sugar Cookies

To celebrate the pitter-patter of tiny feet (or any occasion), crisp buttery sugar cookies like these are a hit, hands down! They cut wonderfully into delicate shapes and look festive decorated with pink and blue sugar. -Joyce Leach, Armstrong, Iowa
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Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies

Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies

Frosted Brown Sugar Cookies

These old-fashioned, cake-like cookies are sweet and buttery. They pair equally well with a glass of cold milk or a cup of hot coffee.

Sugar 'n' Spice Cookies

Sugar 'n' Spice Cookies

Sugar 'n' Spice Cookies

An inexpensive meal can still include dessert like these simple cookies. They are a sweet and tart treat.—Dottie LaPierre, Woburn, Massachusetts

Snowman Sugar Cookies

Snowman Sugar Cookies

Snowman Sugar Cookies

Store-bought dough speeds up the preparation time of these cute cookies. They're so easy that the whole family—even little kids—can help decorate them. —Jean Wardrip Burr, Hope Mills, North Carolina

Crisp Sugar Cookie Mix

Crisp Sugar Cookie Mix

Crisp Sugar Cookie Mix

Eneatha Attig Secrest of Mattoon, Illinois has relied on the mix for these light sugar cookies for years, even selling it at bazaars. "I package it in a plastic bag tied with pretty ribbon and attach a cookie cutter and copy of the recipe," she notes.

Red Chapeau Sugar Cookies

Red Chapeau Sugar Cookies

Red Chapeau Sugar Cookies

Red sprinkles and a purple frosting sash add flair to these crisp cutout cookies from Patsy Snyder of Rural Hall, North Carolina. For a fun party activity, have guests decorate their own cookies.

Maple Sugar Cookies

Maple Sugar Cookies

Maple Sugar Cookies

This recipe is requested by friends and family every time I'm asked to bring cookies for an event. Folks enjoy the subtle maple flavor in this crisp cookie.

Smiling Sugar Cookies

Smiling Sugar Cookies

Smiling Sugar Cookies

"These cute cookie pops are a big hit at bake sales," writes Brenda Bawdon of Alpena, South Dakota. "I sell them for $1 a piece and they disappear! The bright and cheery faces catch the kids' eyes, making them surefire sellers."

Sugared Raisin Pear Diamonds

Sugared Raisin Pear Diamonds

Sugared Raisin Pear Diamonds

With their tender golden crust and tempting pear and raisin filling, these fabulous bars stand out on any buffet table. Substitute apples for the pears, and you'll still get yummy results! -Jeanne Allen, Rye, Colorado

Easter Egg Sugar Cookies

Easter Egg Sugar Cookies

Easter Egg Sugar Cookies

Although they take some time to decorate, I enjoy giving these cookies to family and friends. You can also make them for Christmas using different cookie cutters. —Alison Benke, Chetwynd, British Columbia

Holiday Sugar Cookies

Holiday Sugar Cookies

Holiday Sugar Cookies

Katie Koziolek of Hartland, Minnesota adds a hint of lemon to these delightful sugar cookies. For make-ahead convenience, freeze the dough up to three months, then thaw in the fridge before baking and decorating them.

Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

To add bushels of fall flavor to your birthday bash, try baking up this cookie scarecrow shaped and decorated by the Crafting Traditions kitchen crew. It starts with Vickie's sugar cookies. "The recipe is a winner with my family and friends," Vickie says. "I am always asked to bring it—or even make it—for people." The scarecrow's easily adapted for other themes besides. For example, try a clown with bouncing balls or an athlete with baseballs instead.—Vickie Wade, Bourbo
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