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, 0g 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 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 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 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 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 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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