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Sugar Cookies from Scratch

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Scrumptious Sugar Cookies

My husband developed this crisp sugar cookie when he was a baker in Alaska. It's traveled with us to many states, along with requests for the recipe! —Nancy Gribble, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Valentine Sugar Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies

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

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, Bourbonnais, Illinois

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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
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