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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.

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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

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.

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.
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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.

Icebox Sugar Cookies

Icebox Sugar Cookies

Icebox Sugar Cookies

Louise Worsham of Kalamazoo, Michigan has been making light, buttery and easily portable Icebox Sugar Cookies since she was a girl.

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.

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

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cookies

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

Brown Sugar Crinkles

Brown Sugar Crinkles

Brown Sugar Crinkles

The addition of brown sugar makes these deliciously different from traditional sugar cookies. They're attractive and simple to make. The recipe can be easily cut in half.

Grandma's Favorite Sugar Cookies

Grandma's Favorite Sugar Cookies

Grandma's Favorite Sugar Cookies

“Whenever company came to our house, my mother would bring out a batch of her sugar cookies,” says Ann DeHass, Walnut Creek, Ohio. “To this day, our whole family holds this recipe dear.”
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