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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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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

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

This sugar cookie dates 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. —Helen Wallis, Vancouver, Washington

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
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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

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. —Leah Costigan, Otto, North Carolina

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lemon Sugar Cookies

These are my favorite sugar cookies. The lemon adds a unique flavor. They sure are good with coffee when company comes. —Eula Forbes, Wagoner, Oklahoma

Soft Sugar Cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies

These soft cookies are always a hit, so I often stir up a big batch. I usually add food coloring to the frosting to coordinate with the current holiday. —Coleen Walter, Bancroft, Michigan

Giant Lemon Sugar Cookies

Giant Lemon Sugar Cookies

Giant Lemon Sugar Cookies

These wonderfully chewy cookies have a light lemon flavor from both the juice and zest. The sanding sugar on top adds sparkle and a bit of crunch. —Michael Vyskocil, Glen Rock, Pennsylvania

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

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies

Cream cheese helps create the rich, melt-in-your-mouth taste of these perfect cookies. Forget any other sugar cookie recipe-this is the only one you need! Julie Brunette, Green Bay Wisconsin

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."
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