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 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, trace fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch, 1 fat


  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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Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

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

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."

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."

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"They turned out very nice."

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.

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