Deluxe Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Deluxe Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Christmas cutouts signal the holiday season. For variety, sprinkle half of the cookies with colored sugar before baking and frost the remaining ones after they're cooled.—Dawn Fagerstrom, Warren, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 118 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Divide dough into fourth. On a surface lightly sprinkled with confectioners' sugar, roll out the dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough. Bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 5 dozen (2-inch cookies).
Editor's Note: Cookies may be sprinkled with colored sugar before baking or frosted after being baked and cooled.
Originally published as Deluxe Sugar Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 1995, p13

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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Perfect Christmas cookie cut-outs! :) Instead of 1 cup of butter, I use 1/2 cup of margarine and 1/2 cup crisco. This makes the cookies a little thicker/softer. These cookies are so good!"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"This is "The Best" sugar cookie. I have been making this recipe since my kids were little and they now are almost 55 and 50. I have a Grandson that won't let me make any other Sugar Cookie. Just mailed him some a couple of weeks ago."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"Best sugar cookies I have ever made or eaten!"

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"Excellent! I made these with my 7 yr old nephew, very easy. I chilled the dough for about 20 minutes in the freezer and they rolled out nicely."

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"I followed the recipe exactly as written, but my dough came out very soft. I chilled it over night so that I could roll out the cookies in the morning. I found that the dough got warm and soft very quickly, making it almost impossible to roll out and difficult to cut the cookie shapes. Should I have added more flour?"

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