Favorite Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Favorite Sugar Cookies Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:84 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 84 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Food coloring of your choice, optional
  • Colored sugar, edible glitter, nonpareils or frosting of your choice, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 64 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 59 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill 1-2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine butter, sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve a spreading consistency. If desired, tint with food coloring. Frost cookies; decorate as desired. Yield: 6-7 dozen.
Originally published as Favorite Sugar Cookies in Country Woman November/December 1995, p40

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"I tried the recipe with the ingredients listed, but I felt that I had to add a lot of flour to make the dough easy to work with. The second time I made it, I only added a half a cup of butter and it made the cookies much better. I also decorated them with royal icing rather than frosting."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"Absolutely the worst sugar cookie recipe ever, and I have been baking for 60 years. Went into the garbage, no sugar or almond taste, just nothing but heavy on flour. Yuck."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"I have been baking a slightly different version of these cookies every year at Christmas for about 40 years. The recipe is in a very old Betty Crocker cookbook that I got as a wedding gift - I still have it. Recipe is called Deluxe Sugar Cookies (it also calls for 1 tsp of baking soda & 1 tsp cream of tartar). Dough is very easy to work with - make sure you refrigerate it for at least 2 hours before rolling it out. I use a lower oven temperature (about 365 or 370 degrees). I also turn cookie the sheets about 1/2 through baking. They taste great."

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"I have never had good luck with cut out cookies, this recipe turned out fantastic. Not dry and didn't spread out. Will be making these again."

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2015

"This one is the best recipe for the celebration.So easy to make ,sure i will try this one."

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