Sugar Cookies Recipe
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This sugar cookie dates back to a Swedish woman born in 1877! Her daughter, Esther Davis, shared the recipe with me and she came up with all the exact measurements, since the original cookies were mixed by feel and taste. These are my favorite cookies and I hope they'll become yours as well. —Helen Wallis, Vancouver, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Additional sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in additional sugar. Place on greased baking sheets; flatten with a glass. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 5 dozen.
If Cooking for Two: Freeze baked cookies in airtight containers or freezer bags to enjoy anytime!
Originally published as Sugar Cookies in Reminisce July/August 1992, p37

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lake7093 User ID: 8500932 263594
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2017

"This is one of my favorite recipes. Love these cookies, except they do not make as many as they say. Wonderful !"

Terri User ID: 9078586 261266
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2017

"I must have missed something, We have had 3 restaurants and a catering business since the 80's. These are the WORST sugar cookies I have ever eaten. The second batch I put another batch of sugar in and they were edible , but certainly NOT the best I've had or even tasty. I have NEVER written a review before, and I am not sure what happened , I have checked and double checked the ingredients , I'm baffled, but we won't be trying again. I love my recipe , just like to try new, oh well a BIG MISS for this."

Jill User ID: 8986310 258177
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2016

"I made these in 2011 with my then 2 1/2 year old grandson who was exhausted from the long walk we took. I kept talking about making the sugar cookies when we got home and he was excited about it. By the time we got home he was tired and he said "grandma you bake, I eat!" So bake I did and eat he did-I had to tell him that he had had enough for now and would have to wait until tomorrow after lunch to eat the rest. He almost cried and said "But grandma these are the best cookies I ever had!" His mother agreed. They have been a staple Christmas cookie since then and he still loves to eat them! I wish I could give this recipe 10 stars!"

Debbie User ID: 8973786 257151
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2016

"This is a wonderful recipe and now one of my favorite cookies. Thanks for sharing!!"

Philip User ID: 8972304 257063
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016

"This recipe is superlative and does not require milk or buttermilk."

Bonnie User ID: 8969301 256858
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2016

"These are a good sugar cookie, very basic. Couple of things I found while making these for the first time that may help others that reviewed. I used a small cookie scoop and got 52 cookies. One person commented on not letting them brown. Browning the edges brings more flavor to a cookie made with butter. The solution is to use parchment paper, the cookies just slide right off. Honestly, I thought they left the inside of my mouth with a greasy film after taste testing. No matter, the hubby will love them."

ko55ko User ID: 7768563 256535
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2016

"The recipe made around 70 cookies -- I stuck really close to the 1" scoop. The first and last batches were the best.... don't let them get the least bit brown or they tend to break when you get them off the pan. (they are quite delicate) Slightly under-baking them left them a tad bit moister and they didn't crack like the ones that got a little browner. The flavor is amazing. Texture is a little like a shortbread cookie....honestly melts in your mouth. I will use my old recipe though for Christmas sugar cookies which we like to cut out. These will be in addition to all the other traditional Christmas cookies. Definitely a five-star taste."

Tracy User ID: 8956190 255560
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2016

"Wonderful cookie!! I followed the recipe and they turned out perfect!!!! Definitely is a keeper, and husband approved!! Made 35 cookies."

onemore4gsus User ID: 5566250 255146
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2016

"One star short because although the cookies are delectable, the recipe DOES NOT MAKE 60 cookies. It made three dozen plus two. That's a pretty significant difference. Someone should change the recipe page to reflect it."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 243778
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016


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