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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.

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

Decorated Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Decorated Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Decorated Sugar Cookie Cutouts

What’s the Yuletide season without cutout cookies? This recipe includes directions for making royal icing, but feel free to use whatever icing or other decorating techniques you wish.

Buttery Orange Sugar Cookies

Buttery Orange Sugar Cookies

Buttery Orange Sugar Cookies

My husband's grandmother made a variety of cookies every year for her grandkids at Christmastime. She would box them up and give each child his or her own box. This crisp, orange flavored cookie is one of my favorites from her collection.—Heather McKillip, Aurora, Illinois
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Orange Sugar Cookies

Orange Sugar Cookies

Orange Sugar Cookies

I make these citrusy cookies for parties and special occasions, and we always get to eat the ones that don't come out perfectly. Eventually I had to start making extra "mistakes" to keep my family happy! —Myrrh Wertz, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Brown Sugar Cutout Cookies

Brown Sugar Cutout Cookies

Brown Sugar Cutout Cookies

Our neighbor made these for me when I was little, and now I make them for my kids, grandkids and for the children at school. Serve them with milk for the kids and tea for the grown-ups. —Nancy Lynch, Somerset, Pennsylvania

Mexican Chocolate Sugar Crisps

Mexican Chocolate Sugar Crisps

Mexican Chocolate Sugar Crisps

My grandma loved these so much, she would hide them from my grandpa! I think of her every time I make a batch. Like Mexican spice? Try stirring in a little chili powder. —Michele Lovio, Thousand Oaks, CA

Lemon Oatmeal Sugar Cookies

Lemon Oatmeal Sugar Cookies

Lemon Oatmeal Sugar Cookies

This is an especially fun recipe to make with kids because they can roll the dough into balls and flatten them on the baking sheets. The lemon and oatmeal add a nice twist to traditional sugar cookies. —Susan Marshall, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Lemon Slice Sugar Cookies

Lemon Slice Sugar Cookies

Lemon Slice Sugar Cookies

Here's a refreshing variation of my grandmother's sugar cookie recipe. Lemon pudding mix and icing add a subtle tartness that tingles your taste buds. —Melissa Turkington, Camano Island, WA

Cardamom Sugar Cookies

Cardamom Sugar Cookies

Cardamom Sugar Cookies

The warm flavor of cardamom spices up these classic sugar cookies. They’re the ideal treat for your homemade goody basket. Tint the glaze to fit the season.—Darina Jurasek, Salmon Arm, British Columbia

Thick Sugar Cookies

Thick Sugar Cookies

Thick Sugar Cookies

A bit thicker than the norm, this sugar cookie is just like one you might find at a good bakery. My children often request these sweet treats for their birthdays and are always happy to help me decorate. —Heather Biedler, Martinsburg, West Virginia

Sugar-Cone Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sugar-Cone Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sugar-Cone Chocolate Chip Cookies

If I could make a batch of cookies a day; I'd be in baking heaven. I baked these cookies for my boys when they were growing up and now for my grandkids. Everyone loves the tasty blend of milk chocolate chips, crumbled sugar cones, and sprinkles. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
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