Mom's Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Mom's Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

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This delicious sugar cookie recipe has been passed down in our family for 75 years. Try it and you'll see why it remains our very favorite cookie! —Arnita Schroeder, Hoagland, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:90 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 90 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • Optional toppings: colored or granulated sugar and walnut halves


  1. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and nutmeg. In another bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and eggs. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add sour cream and dissolved baking soda to creamed mixture. Gradually beat in flour mixture (dough will be sticky). Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Working with one-third of the batch at a time, roll dough on a well-floured surface to 1/4-in. thickness. (Cover and refrigerate remaining dough until ready to roll.) Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. round or other shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. If desired, sprinkle tops with sugar and top with walnuts.
  3. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies are set but not browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 7-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Mom's Soft Sugar Cookies in Country February/March 1991, p47

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 263785
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2017

"Love the flavor! These cookies have a good old fashioned goodness."

snick030 User ID: 8770803 243842
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

"Unfortunately, this recipe was not successful for me. The dough was WAY too sticky that it was impossible to do anything with. We had to add a ton of flour to make it workable, and the taste did suffer a bit in the end. They are OK, but definitely not great :( If there are any tips on how to make this better, I'd love to hear though!"

ayounglady2 User ID: 7824908 240232
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

"Perfect sugar cookie. This will become my go-to recipe from now on, not only for Christmas but all year. They are so good that they disappeared before I could frost them. In fact, they don't even need icing."

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