Sugar Cookies from Scratch

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Sugar Doves

Sugar Doves

Sugar Doves

"I enjoy making these beautiful cookies and I love to spend a cold evening decorating them." Pretty little sugar doves are sure to get you into the holiday spirit! - Peggy Preston, Fenton, Iowa

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

Sugared Cherry Jewels

Sugared Cherry Jewels

Sugared Cherry Jewels

The texture and crunch of the sugar coating make these chewy cookies extra special. I love the bright cherry center and the fact that they look lovely in a holiday gift box or tin.

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

Easter Sugar Cookies

Easter Sugar Cookies

Easter Sugar Cookies

Cream cheese contributes to the rich taste of these melt-in-your-mouth cookies shared by Julie Brunette of Green Bay, Wisconsin. "They have such nice flavor, you can skip the frosting and sprinkle them with colored sugar for a change," she suggests.

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

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.

Deluxe Sugar Cookies

Deluxe Sugar Cookies

Deluxe Sugar Cookies

"Christmas cutouts signal the season for our family," relates field editor Dawn Fagerstrom of Warren, Minnesota. "Usually I 'paint' these with colorful icing - or if time's short, I simply sprinkle them with colored sugar."

Brown Sugar Icebox Cookies

Brown Sugar Icebox Cookies

Brown Sugar Icebox Cookies

My daughters and I have been "fair-ly" successful competitors at county fairs and bake-offs for more than 20 years. This is one of the those winning recipes.—Eilene Bogar, Minier, Illinois

Surprise Sugar Stars

Surprise Sugar Stars

Surprise Sugar Stars

Come holiday time, Joyce Berry rolls out dozens of these buttery cutout cookies in her Sandpoint, Idaho country kitchen. "The basic sugar cookie recipe is my mother's," she informs, "and I came up with the sweet 'surprise' inside."

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
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