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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.

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Giant Lemon Sugar Cookies

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Michael Vyskocil
These wonderfully chewy cookies have a light lemon flavor from both the juice and zest. The sanding sugar on top adds sparkle and a bit of crunch. —Michael Vyskocil, Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
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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."

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.

Crisp Sugar Cookie Mix

Crisp Sugar Cookie Mix

Crisp Sugar Cookie Mix

I rely on this 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. —Eneatha Attig Secrest, Mattoon, Illinois
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Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies

Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies

Frosted Anise Sugar Cookies

These soft, cake-like cookies have a pleasant anise flavor that's distinct but not overpowering. I add red and green sprinkles for Christmas, but you could decorate them to suit any occasion.—Janice Eanni, Willowick, Ohio

Mint Sandwich Sugar Cookies

Mint Sandwich Sugar Cookies

Mint Sandwich Sugar Cookies

Chocolate-covered mint candies are the "filling" in these doctored-up sugar cookies from our Test Kitchen. You can use colored sugar to suit the season.

Tender Sugar Cookies

Tender Sugar Cookies

Tender Sugar Cookies

Want to simplify your sugar cookies? Roll this buttery dough from our Test Kitchen into balls and dip them into colored sugar before baking.

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."

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

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

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

Sugar Gems

Sugar Gems

Sugar Gems

If you don't have much luck with rolled sugar cookies, give these a try. Oil and confectioners' sugar give them a unique crispness.

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

Smooth Sailing Sugar Cookies

Smooth Sailing Sugar Cookies

Smooth Sailing Sugar Cookies

With a fresh breeze, my longtime-favorite sugar cookie recipe got under way on a new track. I cut out sailboats and frisky fish, frosting them brightly for the nautical gathering. My guests ate their limit! -Martha Conaway, Pataskala, Ohio
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