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Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sugar Cookies Recipe

This sugar cookie recipe is truly an "oldie," dating 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 YIELD:60 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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.

Reviews for Sugar Cookies

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"Perfect"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"Easy to make. 1 inch balls are small but what's needed because they do spread a little. Plenty sweet. I added some of the decorative sugar crystals to tops and tapped into tops. Also used some colored sugars. Crunchy. Love them"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"Very very easy. Cooked for about a minute less than recommended. Came out soft and delicious. I squashed them to about 1/2 an inch each."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2015

"Wonderful recipe. I used coconut oil for the shortening, and otherwise followed the recipe as written. They came out perfect."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"The cookies were great, I'll be making them, Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2015

"Great recipe! I used lemon extract instead of vanilla. Wonderful flavor!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2015

"Just made a batch of these for the first time and I LOVE them!!! I think they're a lot like a delicate shortbread cookie. Not for rolling out and using a cookie cutter. I did sprinkle half the cookies with extra sugar for more sweetness and those are more like a sugar cookie taste. I used a tablespoon measuring spoon for a scoop and got about 2 dozen. I will definitely make these again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"I made these cookies with a GF flour and they turned out great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"Very disappointed with this recipe! I've been baking for over 40 years. Cookies were not sweet enough and turned out crumbly looking after baking. I made these for a club meeting at school, but I will not bring these cookies. I'll stop by the store in the morning to pick up something to bring to the meeting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"I just made these and they not only turned out great, but they made the 5 dozen that everyone is complaining it does not make. You have to follow the directions and actually make 1in balls, 1 in is pretty small...so therefore the cookies are smaller than normal drop cookies. Favorite sugar cookie recipe for sure! Like I said, follow the instructions and you will get your 5 dozen...but if you like your cookies bigger, you will only get 3 dozen or so. Either way, flavor and texture are fantastic!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"Loved these. Very addicting flavor. However, I only got 24 using my medium P.Chef cookie scoop. I gently used the palm of my hand to press them down slightly. They came out awesome."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2015

"This will be my go to sugar cookie. Can't wait to start playing around with it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"too greasy , use 1 cup butter instead and shine shortening"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

"I love these!!! They remind me of being a kid. however if you're looking for five dozen cookies this recipe only made about thirty"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 20, 2015

"I liked this recipe. I made a review on my blog!

https://meilizlewis.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/sugar-cookies-recipe/"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"These are good but not the soft sugar cookie I'm looking for. I did remove them from the oven at 9 minutes and they were slightly crunchy on the outside and somewhat chewy on the inside. I also got 55 good sized cookies."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"awesome dish...."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"The recipe is easy and delicious, but there is NO WAY it makes 60 cookies. My daughter used a ruler to make 1" balls, and they were small. If she had made them any smaller, they would be thumbprint cookies. I would always double the recipe from now on...."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"they were great!!!! i can not wait until my family can make them again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"These cookies taste great! As a Taste of Home volunteer food editor, I am always trying different versions of classic cookies. Easy to assemble. Our dough was too soft to roll. So simply scooped and gently tossed in colored sprinkles for valentines. Baked perfect!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"If you love sugar cookies, look no further. These are the best! My family loves them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"So good, so easy to make!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"I was looking for a good sugar cookie recipe, and I've found it! I thought it was great and so did my family! I did only get 3 dozen using a cookie scoop."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"My 7 year old daughter and I are making Christmas cookies today and chose these to make, rolling them in colored sprinkles. They turned out wonderful! We followed the recipe exactly (until we used the sprinkles, that is), but must have made them larger as we only came up with 3 dozen cookies. They are not really large cookies, so to come out with 5 dozen, they would have to be really small. The cook time was still fine for our larger cookies, and they will definitely be enjoyed!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"It's a keeper! The perfect amount of sweet and nice texture. My kids love them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"I have made a lot of Sugar cookies over the years and have to say this is the best ever! If you make 1" balls as stated you will get 5 dozen 2" cookies...perfect size to add to gift baskets. Also if you have problems with the cookie spreading too much, don't push down much on the glass...just enough to take away the ball look but leave it thicker....bakes up very nice."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"Very nice dough and easy to roll into balls because it isn't sticky. I dropped red food coloring and mixed it in the sugar and also a section of green amd let them mix a little. It made it very festive and not just plain white. All of them looked a little different. It creates a lovely light crisp on the edges and chewy center when they are not. Now I just have to try them after they've cooled. This might be that go to cookie I've been looking for."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"This is by far the best sugar cookie recipe I have ever used! My daughter is not normally a big fan of cookies but she LOVED these as much as the rest of my family did. Thank you for the great recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"Can't wait to try these, they sound wonderful!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"My daughters made these today and they were AWESOME! A BIG hit in our house!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2014

"This is my favorite, go-to sugar cookie recipe. The cookies are soft and delicious. I like to glaze them with a simple confectioners sugar glaze - they don't need it because they are delicious as is - but it's nice to add the extra pop of color with the glaze. Great recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2014

"One word: fabulous!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2014

"OH! So good, buttery & sweet."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"Extremely good and easy! The only thing I changed, was to use almond extract in place of the vanilla extract. Awesome!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"This recipe was easy and great. My daughter made them over the weekend. They were gobbled right up!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

"These were fantastic. I did not change anything in the recipe. The are soft and have a great taste. I did put them in the fridge for 30 mins then rolled them out and used cookie cutters.. I will be keeping this recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"Wonderful ! I did use coconut oil instead of shortening and flavor was great:) , I rolled and cut with cookie cutter and frosted with a light powdered sugar icing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"These are so good. To keep shape freeze dough for 30 min then cut into shapes. I also added 1/2 tsp of salt, and 1/4 more cup of sugar, and only 2 cups of flour sifted. I roll them in powdered sugar to not have chalky taste. I I baked at 325 till the bottom is brown not the top so that's about 10- 12 mins. t's a KEEPER!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"Wow! Just the type of cookie recipe I was looking for. Delish! And very easy to make. Wouldn't change a thing. Many thanks for posting!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"Great basic sugar cookie! I needed some extra brightness in my day, so I rolled them in pink and purple sugar. Even though my husband complained about them being so girly, it didn't stop him from devouring them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"The recipe was so easy to make. My kids just loved these cookies. Will make them again soon."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"Excellent sugar cookie!!! I am making some for gifts today!!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"I added 1/2 tsp. salt to the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"Good basic sugar cookie recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

"This recipe was easy to make. I substituted coconut oil for the shortening for healthier cookies and tasted great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"Made these last night - perfect, perfect sugar cookie! Didn't change a thing - made as directed. They were even better this morning with a cup of coffee. They melt in your mouth! Thanks for sharing - these are the best!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"Simple and delicious cookie recipe. I used margarine in place of the shortening. Be sure to make small balls, they expand quite a bit. This is a keeper!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"Simple and very yummy recipe. Make the balls small because they really grow while baking. I topped them with glaze and candy sprinkles for a birthday party...they didn't last long."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 30, 2013

"The boys loved them and so did I. We used cookie cutters and made some with the glass. Can't wait to eat more!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"Really loved these cookies! The only thing I am thinking about changing the next time I make them is to cut back the flour 2 cups and increase the sugar by 1/4 cup. I have a crazy sweet tooth......"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

"good"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"So easy and wonderful taste! Thanks"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"So I followed the whole thing correctly, And guess what? My cookies came out like ugly flat pancakes. They wouldn't hold together at all. Don't know what everyone here's talking about. I'd advise everyone to stay far away from this recipe as possible. I'm really upset."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"yummy cookies ;) my kids loved them!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"i love sugar cookies, i don't like the roll and cut out ones. this recipe is the best. the cookies are sweet and crispy just the way i like them. i been using this recipes for years. everyone i make them for loves them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"Very good and soft. I separated the dough into separate bowls and added different colored food color. The kids loved them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012 Edited Feb. 18, 2016

"Easy to make. I made it with my two girls ages 11 and 4. We decided to use Christmas cookie cutters and decorate them. Yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"Excellent, but they will spread out. Great flavour"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"I've made these a few times in the last year! Delicious! I often cook them without flattening them with a glass first, and they come out soft and yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"Very crisp cookie and very tasty. I left it a bit longer 13-15 minutes. Also, I had to quickly put them on the rack otherwise they would stick to the sheet even after greasing it thoroughly. Will definitely do it again. Thank you ! :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"I've made these cookies once a week for the last 2 months. They are my husband's favorite!! He even gave up his favorite store bought, processed cookies for them. I have made this recipe exactly as stated and with 1 cup of butter, leaving out the shortening. We definitely like it with just butter more. It gives them more flavor and they're moister."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"sorry didn't star it couldn't see stars ..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"yummy good i use one tsp salt and doubled receipe sooo good...now am making frosting to take to a friend in a home in williamston.."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"I usually am not a big fan of sugar cookies because of the lemon flavor. These were great with vanilla! I did not have any shortening so I used a cup of butter and they turned out great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2012

"Keep an eye on the time if you don't like hard cookies, 10 might be too long. Excellent flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 13, 2012

"I substitute lemon juice for the vanilla and added the zest of a whole lemon. They were a huge hit with my friends and family!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 2, 2012

"OK...I made a quick batch yesterday and they are addictive- I am sending them into work with my husband to support my weakening will power!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2012

"these are the best sugar cookies i have tasted"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"My family loved these cookies! Easy and fast!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"These cookies were so easy to make and they are delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"These cookies are so good. I made them for the holidays and they did not last long."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"This is by far the best sugar cookie recipe I've tried. My husband doesn't usually care for sugar cookies, but can't seem to get enough of these. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! We will be making these for years to come."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"Easly and very tasty!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"It was very easy to make and very sweet to eat. The perfect recipe if you want something tasty, sweet, and simple, yet crowd pleasing. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"I finally found a sugar cookie recipe that I like! This one is a keeper :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"I just made this recipe when my friend received bad news - there is nothing like a good cookie to turn a frown upside down!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2011

"Easy recipe - tastes really good, too! I was worried it would be too sticky to form into balls, but it was just fine!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"I used all shortening. Came out perfect! They disappeared fast."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"It's simply and delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"These are terrific cookies:) I doubled the recipe, rolled them in red & pink sugars for Valentine's day. My husband gave them his "thumbs up" stamp of approval, he's taking them to work on Monday for the shop to enjoy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010 Edited Feb. 18, 2016

"The best ever sugar cookies!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"These were very easy to make and tasty. I used colored sugar to coat the cookies and they looked very festive."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"Do these cookies freeze well?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"These are the best sugar cookies I have ever made! I love how you do not have to refrigerate the dough."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"I have been looking for this recipe. I used to make this growing up. We called them "Swedish Sugar Cookies". They are so wonderful!! They are wonderful with a big glass o cold milk to dunk them in."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"I made these today and they are excellent! I used the middle size scoop from Pampered Chef and then pressed them with a glass dipped in sugar. This made 24 3 inch cookies. I can't imagine how someone got 5 dz."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"So good, nice and crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I used an "opal" sanding sugar= beautiful, simple and delicious. I agree with an earlier rating that this recipe makes about 3 dozen not the five. (I used an exact 1 inch cookie baller) so I dont think I made them too large. Enjoyable I'll be making them often."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"Roll in colored sugar to match the party, or add a few sprinkles to the top before flattening with a glass. Super easy and delicious recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2010

"my favorite cookie yet! So delicious, its a def must-try!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"These wonderfully soft tasty sugar cookies are very simple! My 12 year old daughter made them for her 4H project and they turned out beautifully!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"O love sugar cookies and I have been looking for a good recipe for awhile now. These are delicious! They have just the right crispiness on the outside and soft inside. Rolling them in colored sugar for the holidays would make them perfect for cookie trays and gifts.This is a keeper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 31, 2010

"Love these! Finally, a simple sugar cookie recipe that only requires ingredients I always have on hand in my kitchen. I love that I don't have to refridgerate the dough or roll it out. These are simple, but good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 2, 2010

"I loved this recipe!! 1 cup of butter instead of the 1/2 of shortening and they tasted so great. I also rolled the dough in sugar and cinnamon to make snickerdoodles. I am making them again today bc they went soo fast. Thanks!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"My daughter loves to make these cookies! It's a kid friendly recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"These cookies turned out so nice! I used bright green sugar to roll them in for Saint Patricks day. Perfect. Thanks for sharing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"These cookies were great! I'm definitely going to start making these more often."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"Great cookie just make one batch at a time. Doesn't work out as good making multiple batches at once."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"I substituted margarine for shortening, and they came out fine. They are light and yummy! Not sure what the other 2 posts mean about cut out, mine came out as pictured using the roll and flatten method as described. My boys love them!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2009

"These have to be the best sugar cookies ever! I disagree with how much this makes because I get nowhere near 5.5 dozen. I get approximately 3 (a little over). Thanks for this great recipe ;)"

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