Sugar Cookies from Scratch

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Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

This is truly an "oldie", dating back to a Swedish woman born in 1877! Her daughter, Esther Davis, shared the recipe with me and she came up with all the exact measurements, since the original cookies were mixed by "feel" and taste. These are my favorite cookies and I hope they'll become yours as well.

Almond Sugar Cookies

Almond Sugar Cookies

Almond Sugar Cookies

It's a tradition in our house to start baking Christmas cookies early in the season and try some new recipes every year. This nutty glazed melt-in-your-mouth cookie is one of my favorites. -Lisa Hummell Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

My mom always had these cookies on hand. They're so good with a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or milk.
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Anise Sugar Cookies

Anise Sugar Cookies

Anise Sugar Cookies

As much as I love giving away my baking, a few goodies—like these cookies—are "keepers". The light anise flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture make them a perfect after-dinner treat. —P Marchesi, Rocky Point, Long Island, New York

Crisp Lemon Sugar Cookies

Crisp Lemon Sugar Cookies

Crisp Lemon Sugar Cookies

I have had this recipe for about 40 years, and in that time I've made a few changes. These cookies are my husband's favorite, so I bake them for him almost every week. One of my daughter's friends still remembers having these special treats when she stopped in on her way home from school. -Dollie Ainley, Doniphan, Missouri

Drop Sugar Cookies

Drop Sugar Cookies

Drop Sugar Cookies

From Coos Bay, Oregon, Shirley Brazel shares a recipe she's been relying on for more than 25 years. The cookies have a crisp edge, soft center and subtle lemon flavor. Choose colored sugar to tailor them to any occasion.

Molasses Sugar Cookies

Molasses Sugar Cookies

Molasses Sugar Cookies

There's nothing really fancy about these cookies, but they're my husband's all-time favorite. He enjoys their chewy, comforting flavor and the childhood memories they bring back.

Nutmeg Sugar Crisps

Nutmeg Sugar Crisps

Nutmeg Sugar Crisps

My grandma shared her recipe for these old-fashioned sugar cookies with the unexpected taste of nutmeg. They are light, crunchy and so delicious. That's why they're always a part of the Christmas tradition.

Harvest Sugar Cookies

Harvest Sugar Cookies

Harvest Sugar Cookies

Rich buttery cookies like these never last long at a party or potluck. I got this recipe from a friend in Texas years ago and have used it many times since. I use pumpkin- and leaf-shaped cookie cutters to celebrate the season "tastefully." -Lynn Burgess, Rolla, Missouri

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

Cinnamon-Sugar Crackle Cookies

Cinnamon-Sugar Crackle Cookies

Cinnamon-Sugar Crackle Cookies

I get lots of compliments on these crunchy cookies. They're always part of my Christmas cookie platter.
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