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Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

"These soft cookies are always a hit, so I often stir up a big batch," writes Coleen Walter of Bancroft, Michigan. "I usually add food coloring to the frosting to coordinate with the current holiday."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons hot water
  • Food coloring, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and almond extract. Combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. For frosting, in a large bowl, combine the butter, confectioners' sugar, almond extract and enough water to achieve desired consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired. Frost cookies. Yield: about 6 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 cookies equals 142 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.