Sugar Cookies from Scratch

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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

Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies

Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies

Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies

The holidays just wouldn't be the same without cutout cookies. This easy recipe yields cookies so soft they'll melt in your mouth. Have fun baking them in your favorite holiday shapes! —Cathy Hall, Phoenix, Arizona

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
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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

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," writes Coleen Walter of Bancroft, Michigan. "I usually add food coloring to the frosting to coordinate with the current holiday."

Brown Sugar Shortbread

Brown Sugar Shortbread

Brown Sugar Shortbread

These rich buttery cookies have just three ingredients! They're a snap to make for a last-minute gift or when guests will be arriving on short notice. For best results, gradually stir the flour into the dough. -Shirley Gardiner Clearwater, Manitoba

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

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

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

Daria's Best-Ever Sugar Cookies

Daria's Best-Ever Sugar Cookies

Daria's Best-Ever Sugar Cookies

“After years of searching for the best sugar cookie recipe, believe me- this is it! Almond paste gives a hint of great flavor to these moist cookies with a subtle crunch.” —Daria Burcar, Rochester, Michigan
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