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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.

Crispy Sugar Cookies

Crispy Sugar Cookies

Crispy Sugar Cookies

My son Josiah enjoys making treats. This recipe is great for kids because it has two manageable time blocks—mixing and chilling the dough, then cutting out and baking the cookies.—Josiah Hildenbrand, San Leandro, California

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."

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
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Sugar Cookies with Sour Cream

Sugar Cookies with Sour Cream

Sugar Cookies with Sour Cream

As a city kid, I was always eager to visit my grandparents on their Oklahoma farmstead. There I acquired my taste for country food, like these tender cookies with buttery icing.

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

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."

South Seas Sugar Cookies

South Seas Sugar Cookies

South Seas Sugar Cookies

Also among the "treasures" at our pirate theme party were these yummy soft cookies. They have a mellow honey-lemon flavor and a vibrant almond icing. For a fun Polynesian look, I used pineapple and palm tree cookie cutters to shape them.

Sugared Date Balls

Sugared Date Balls

Sugared Date Balls

When I was a youngster, Mom always baked these tender old-fashioned cookies dotted with chewy dates and crunchy walnuts. Much to the delight of my family, I've continued her delicious tradition.

Soft Sugar Cookie Puffs

Soft Sugar Cookie Puffs

Soft Sugar Cookie Puffs

My husband's Aunt Laurel always made these cake-like cookies with her own farm-fresh eggs, cream and butter. Now I prepare batches for Christmas each year. We like them because they're not overly sweet.

Sugarcoated Meltaways

Sugarcoated Meltaways

Sugarcoated Meltaways

I have fond memories of my parents spending days in the kitchen baking Christmas cookies. It's a tradition that my husband and I now happily carry on. —Charlotte Wright, Lebanon, Connecticut

Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Sugar Cookie Cutouts

I must have over 100 different cookie cutters and have had fun putting them to use with this recipe over the years. Each Christmas, my brother, sister and I would eagerly wait for Grandpa and Grandma to arrive with these cookies in tow. —Elizabeth Walters, Waterloo, Iowa
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