Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Sugar Cookies Recipe

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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
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 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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mkaskela 243778
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016


nhersch 242361
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"

JessicaLott 239535
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."

Lady Fingers 239443
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2015

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

MsBrenlovetocook 233444
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

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

Lilsnowbean 233192
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2015

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

1happyGigi 233112
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."

dehlin30 232972
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

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

wenebara 232966
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."

kmotcheck 229398
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 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!"

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