Harvest Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Harvest Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Rich buttery cookies like these never last long at a party or potluck. I got this recipe from a friend in Texas years ago and have used it many times since. I use pumpkin- and leaf-shaped cookie cutters to celebrate the season "tastefully." -Lynn Burgess, Rolla, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Frosting of your choice or additional sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 94 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Chill for 1 hour or until firm.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with lightly floured pumpkin or leaf cookie cutter or others of your choice. Using a floured spatula, place cookies on greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with sugar if desired (or frost baked cookies after they have cooled).
  3. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 6-7 dozen (2-1/2-inch cookies).
Editor's Note: For a richer color, tint frosting with food coloring paste available at kitchen and cake decorating supply stores.
Originally published as Harvest Sugar Cookies in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p37

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mjbeagles User ID: 6547836 7864
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"I made these for our church's recent "cookie walk" fundraiser. Most sugar cookies are just a holder for the rich frosting, but this cookie's flavor was just as good as the frosting. They weren't too buttery, and had the right amount of sweetness. I used an ice cream cone and lollipop cookie cutter for a summery theme."

iswjodi User ID: 4583309 8801
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2012

"I just made 4 batches of these DELICIOUS quick cookies for a fundraiser for Relay for Life. I had some leftover frosting, and they are so easy to make, I'm going to whip up 2 more batches to make for fun!"

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 6258
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"I've been using this recipe for years and wouldn't think of using another for cut-out cookies! It is wonderful and have passed the recipe on to others to enjoy as well. Thanks for sharing!"

yellowhorsern User ID: 2107628 7118
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I tried this recipe years ago, when I first started subscribing to TOH. My family agreed that this recipe alone, easily made up for the cost of my subscription. It is the best sugar cookie recipe I have ever tried. These cookies get raves anytime that I make them. They have become one of my signature dishes that I make at holiday time, for potlucks, etc., and it is now expected and anticipated that I bring them!"

Nlheitzman User ID: 2707252 200247
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2008

"I've made these so many times for every holiday. It's a perfect recipe for cut out cookies! Thanks!"

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