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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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Watermelon Sugar Cookies

Watermelon Sugar Cookies

Watermelon Sugar Cookies

I made these cookies for my daughter's kindergarten class, and they were an instant hit. The students loved these frosted treats and gobbled them up!—Diane Hunt, Camden, Indiana

For-My-Love Sugar Cookies

For-My-Love Sugar Cookies

For-My-Love Sugar Cookies

Cut the dough for these crisp cookies into heart shapes...or form into letters to spell out sweet nothings to your sweetie. "These are our favorite sugar cookies," writes Marilyn Wheeler of Ellijay, Georgia. "They're one of the homemade treats I love to bake for friends and neighbors."

Makeover Cutout Sugar Cookies

Makeover Cutout Sugar Cookies

Makeover Cutout Sugar Cookies

Our Test Kitchen home economists dreamed up these chewy sugar cookies with a lightly sweet flavor. Decorated for the holidays with colored sugar, sprinkles or frosting, they won't last long...so make sure you stash away a few for Santa!
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Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

The holidays are my favorite time of year because I love to bake. These are one of my favorite cookies—they always disappear fast!—Jean Wysocki, Westminster, Colorado

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.

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.

Simple Sugar Cookies

Simple Sugar Cookies

Simple Sugar Cookies

Powdered sugar takes the place of granulated sugar in this sweet standby from Maxine Guin of Barnhart, Missouri. "I received the recipe for this tasty cookie from a cook I worked with at our local school," she recalls.

Soft Sugar Cookie

Soft Sugar Cookie

Soft Sugar Cookie

This recipe has been in the family for four generations. When I got married, Mom made sure to pass this recipe along. For variation, I sometimes eliminate the raisins and sprinkle the tops with colored sugar or leave them plain and frost when cooled.

Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies

Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies

Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies

My family’s all-time favorite Christmas cookie has had a million shapes over the years. Little ones have fun making their own icing designs. — Cathy Hall, Lyndhurst, Virginia

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

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

I make these cookies for my family and our neighbors every Valentine’s Day. The heart-shaped treats stay soft for at least a week, and they look so pretty frosted bright pink and then piped with lacy frosting.—Carolyn Walton, Smoot, Wyoming
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