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Sugar Cookies from Scratch

Looking for recipes for sugar cookies from scratch? Taste of Home has the best sugar cookies from scratch recipes from real cooks like you, featuring reviews, ratings, how-to videos and tips.

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

Makeover Cutout Sugar Cookies

Makeover Cutout Sugar Cookies

Makeover Cutout Sugar Cookies

Our Test Kitchen home economists dreamed up these chewy sugar cookies with a lightly sweet flavor. Decorated for the holidays with colored sugar, sprinkles or frosting, they won't last long...so make sure you stash away a few for Santa!

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.
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Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

My family's all time favorite cookie. Great whether you frost with a simple butter cream frosting or simply sprinkle with colored sugar. --Janaan Cunningham

Cinnamon-Sugar Crisps

Cinnamon-Sugar Crisps

Cinnamon-Sugar Crisps

This cookies are a favorite with children...and adults, too. These sweet and spicy refrigerator cookies go great with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk. You won't be able to eat just one!—Kim Marie Van Rheenen, Mendota, Illinois

Papa's Sugar Cookies

Papa's Sugar Cookies

Papa's Sugar Cookies

“My grandchildren love these sugar cookies.” These crisp cookies will melt in your mouth. Their subtle macadamia nut, cinnamon and orange peel flavors go perfectly together. —Lee Doverspike, North Ridgeville, Ohio

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

Pudding Sugar Cookies

Pudding Sugar Cookies

Pudding Sugar Cookies

Sharon Reed of Catlin, Illinois says, "This recipe, which was passed on by a friend, has become a year-round favorite at our house. For fun, substitute other flavors of pudding."

South Seas Sugar Cookies

South Seas Sugar Cookies

South Seas Sugar Cookies

Also among the "treasures" at our pirate theme party were these yummy soft cookies. They have a mellow honey-lemon flavor and a vibrant almond icing. For a fun Polynesian look, I used pineapple and palm tree cookie cutters to shape them.

Sugared Date Balls

Sugared Date Balls

Sugared Date Balls

When I was a youngster, Mom always baked these tender old-fashioned cookies dotted with chewy dates and crunchy walnuts. Much to the delight of my family, I've continued her delicious tradition.

Soft Sugar Cookie Puffs

Soft Sugar Cookie Puffs

Soft Sugar Cookie Puffs

My husband's Aunt Laurel always made these cake-like cookies with her own farm-fresh eggs, cream and butter. Now I prepare batches for Christmas each year. We like them because they're not overly sweet.
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