Sugar Cookies from Scratch

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Crisp Sugar Cookies

Crisp Sugar Cookies

Crisp Sugar Cookies

My grandmother always had sugar cookies in her pantry, and I now regularly bake these wonderful cookies to share with friends. We grandchildren would empty that big jar quickly because those cookies were the best! —Evelyn Poteet, Hancock, Maryland

Vinegar Sugar Cookies

Vinegar Sugar Cookies

Vinegar Sugar Cookies

Mom gave me this recipe when I was married. It’s been in our family for generations. Young and old alike devour these scrumptious sugar cookies while I eat up the praise.—Josie Bochek, Sturgeon Bay, WI

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.
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Buttery Sugar Cookies

Buttery Sugar Cookies

Buttery Sugar Cookies

It's a good thing this recipe makes a big batch because no one can stop eating just one! These crisp buttery cookies truly do melt in your mouth.

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.

Santa Sugar Cookies

Santa Sugar Cookies

Santa Sugar Cookies

Ho ho ho! St. Nick can drop in any time at all when you bake these cute-as-can-be treats. To create them, our kitchen staff followed a scrumptious cookie recipe from Jill Boruff of Soap Lake, Washington and formed Santas with heart-shaped cookie cutters.—Jill Boruff, Soap Lake, Washington

Cutout Sugar Cookies

Cutout Sugar Cookies

Cutout Sugar Cookies

Cutting fun shapes from sweet dough and decorating the cookies with icing and candies is a Christmas-time tradition many families, including Sherry Taylor's. "This easy sugar cookie recipe yields delicious results," assures this Metropolis, Illinois subscriber.

Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Cookies

Brown Sugar Cookies

I received this recipe some 40 years ago at a shower where the hostess asked each guest to share a favorite recipe. This was the most popular of them all. Dark brown sugar gives these cookies added richness.

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

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."

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
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