Papa's Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Papa's Sugar Cookies Recipe

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“My grandchildren love these sugar cookies.” These crisp cookies will melt in your mouth. Their subtle macadamia nut, cinnamon and orange peel flavors go perfectly together. —Lee Doverspike, North Ridgeville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:96 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 96 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter flavoring
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup ground macadamia nuts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Additional granulated sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 82 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the butter flavoring, orange peel and vanilla.
  2. Combine the flour, nuts, baking soda, salt, cream of tartar and cinnamon; gradually add to butter mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  3. Roll into 1-in. balls, then roll in additional sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in additional sugar.
  4. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 8 dozen.
Originally published as Papa's Sugar Cookies in Taste of Home August/September 2009, p49

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MOTCook User ID: 7688063 143587
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"Delicious. They reminded me of Snickerdoodles with the cinammon in the mix rather than on the cookie!"

Autumn Mouse User ID: 5578796 137971
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2012

"Delicious! I made these for Christmas, for my family and also to give away to friends and neighbors. They loved them, asked where to find the recipe and said they just dissolve in your mouth. Recently, I made a double batch, they get eaten so quickly that I wanted to make sure to have some around for awhile."

Autumn Mouse User ID: 5578796 143586
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"Yum! I made this recipe for Thanksgiving. At first people were a little ho-hum, but they kept coming back for more and pretty soon they were all gone and everyone admitted they just couldn't resist reaching for another one."

icehouse2 User ID: 6391547 71700
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"They turned out very nice."

tntma User ID: 5674210 149646
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

" Thank You, I have been baking and cooking for over 30 years and have never seen a recipe calling for butter flavoring??? I will look for it next time I am at the store.

Tasting Tammy User ID: 5854194 87071
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"Butter flavoring comes in a bottle. It's usually in the cake area. This is a liquid. There are all flavors like almond,vanilla,strawberry is just a few . Adams Best is a great brand. I try to keep them in around all the time."

tntma User ID: 5674210 56277
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"What is butter flavoring? Butter??"

Tappie User ID: 5314459 60588
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"A Waterford glass makes a beautiful design when stamped on the cookie dough! Very special!!"

jobouchard User ID: 1729017 71669
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"The design is made by using a glass with that design in the bottom of it. Usually a juice or wine glass has them."

soly4fun User ID: 5769261 143585
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"Cn anyone tell me how the design and edge on the cookies in the picture were made? A scalloped biscuit cutter? Ad a cookie press?"

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