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Deluxe Sugar Cookies Recipe

Deluxe Sugar Cookies Recipe

Christmas cutouts signal the holiday season. For variety, sprinkle half of the cookies with colored sugar before baking and frost the remaining ones after they're cooled.—Dawn Fagerstrom, Warren, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:30 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • 2. Divide dough into fourth. On a surface lightly sprinkled with confectioners' sugar, roll out the dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough. Bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 5 dozen (2-inch cookies).

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: Cookies may be sprinkled with colored sugar before baking or frosted after being baked and cooled.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 118 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 240427
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Perfect Christmas cookie cut-outs! :) Instead of 1 cup of butter, I use 1/2 cup of margarine and 1/2 cup crisco. This makes the cookies a little thicker/softer. These cookies are so good!"

NewDigs User ID: 3068548 238580
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"This is "The Best" sugar cookie. I have been making this recipe since my kids were little and they now are almost 55 and 50. I have a Grandson that won't let me make any other Sugar cookie. Just mailed him some a couple of weeks ago."

mswolfinger User ID: 7282616 216162
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"Best sugar cookies I have ever made or eaten!"

babycakes24 User ID: 5806747 215322
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"Excellent! I made these with my 7 yr old nephew, very easy. I chilled the dough for about 20 minutes in the freezer and they rolled out nicely."

mel0n User ID: 7884697 596
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"I followed the recipe exactly as written, but my dough came out very soft. I chilled it over night so that I could roll out the cookies in the morning. I found that the dough got warm and soft very quickly, making it almost impossible to roll out and difficult to cut the cookie shapes. Should I have added more flour?"

jweiss User ID: 445025 2906
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"Excellent taste, rolled easily cut out easily! I cut almond extract to 1/4 Tsp."

AnnKP User ID: 7564761 1452
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"The taste is good, but this recipe isn't very conducive to cutout cookies ... they don't hold their crisp shape when baking."

CindyK2013 User ID: 5726592 2951
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"My Mom has been using this recipe for more than 40 years. It is a family favorite. Using parchment paper under the cookies helps prevent the issue of sticking to the cookie sheet."

mrs._white User ID: 7182927 198391
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"Mmmmmm! My favorite sugar cookie recipe by far!"

GHen User ID: 2342282 2904
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"Have used this receipe for a long time except I add 1/2 tsp salt and bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet"

skwirel User ID: 5677097 2759
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"i LOVED these cookies. had no problem with them sticking and they taste great. the only change i made the next time i made these was to add only 1/4 tspn of almond extract. it was just too strong for my taste. but they have a great texture and firmness. rolled out easily and hold shape perfectly after baking"

jbrommel01 User ID: 3705009 2053
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"I give this recipe ZERO stars!! What a huge flop and waste of ingredients!! I made one sheet of cookies and baked them according to the directions, and they all stuck to the sheet. There was absolutely NO way to get them off the sheet without destroying them. I threw the remaining dough in the garbage and didnt even attempt another sheet. Very disappointed."

SherriP12s User ID: 3693008 2163
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"I use this recipe every year for my cut outs! Very very very good!!! A++++"

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