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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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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 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

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.
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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.”

Homemade Lemon Sugar Cookies

Homemade Lemon Sugar Cookies

Homemade Lemon Sugar Cookies

These light cookies are crisp on the outside and soft inside, making it hard to eat just one! I most often bake them for Christmas and Valentine's Day.

Amish Sugar Cookies

Amish Sugar Cookies

Amish Sugar Cookies

These easy-to-make cookies simply melt in your mouth! I've passed the recipe around to many friends. After I gave the recipe to my sister, she entered the cookies in a local fair and won the "best of show" prize! —Sylvia Ford, Kennett, Missouri

Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookies

Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookies

Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookies

While I usually bake these cookies for Christmas, I'll also make them at Valentine's Day (in the shape of hearts, with messages written in frosting), at Thanksgiving (shaped like turkeys), at Halloween (pumpkins), etc. Children like to help out with the decorating. —Cynthia Ettel, Hutchinson, Minnesota

Favorite Sugar Cookies

Favorite Sugar Cookies

Favorite Sugar Cookies

I have been delighting my children and grandchildren for years with this special recipe. The cookies can suit any holiday or occasion throughout the year. The dough is very nice to work with.—Judith Scholovich, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Best-Ever Sugar Cookies

Best-Ever Sugar Cookies

Best-Ever Sugar Cookies

What makes these cookies the best ever? A delicious cream cheese dough flavored with vanilla, almond and a hint of nutmeg that's wonderfully easy to work with. The adorable decorations don't hurt, either! —Christy Hinrichs, Parkville, Missouri

Tender Italian Sugar Cookies

Tender Italian Sugar Cookies

Tender Italian Sugar Cookies

These traditional Italian cookies are moist and tender. —Weda Mosellie, Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Angel Sugar Crisps

Angel Sugar Crisps

Angel Sugar Crisps

Whenever I've taken these to church coffees, I've had women come into the kitchen and request the recipe. You'll enjoy this sugar cookie's secret ingredient—brown sugar! —Annabel Cox, Olivet, South Dakota
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