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Favorite Sugar Cookies

Making these sweet treats is a family tradition. I hope you love the recipe as much as we do!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    6-7 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Food coloring of your choice, optional
  • Colored sugar, edible glitter, nonpareils or frosting of your choice, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill 1-2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, combine butter, sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve a spreading consistency. If desired, tint with food coloring. Frost cookies; decorate as desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 64 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Torogirl
    Feb 10, 2019

    I Love this recipe ?? I have searched years for it because it was my Mom’s Christmas Sugar Cookie recipe,

  • Lorenda Simkins
    Dec 25, 2018

    I have learned my lesson with total icing. It made the cookies and the frosting too hard! Never again!

  • kckamargo63
    Dec 30, 2015

    I tried the recipe with the ingredients listed, but I felt that I had to add a lot of flour to make the dough easy to work with. The second time I made it, I only added a half a cup of butter and it made the cookies much better. I also decorated them with royal icing rather than frosting.

  • Grizze
    Dec 21, 2015

    Absolutely the worst sugar cookie recipe ever, and I have been baking for 60 years. Went into the garbage, no sugar or almond taste, just nothing but heavy on flour. Yuck.

  • Gramma2008
    Dec 19, 2015

    I have been baking a slightly different version of these cookies every year at Christmas for about 40 years. The recipe is in a very old Betty Crocker cookbook that I got as a wedding gift - I still have it. Recipe is called Deluxe Sugar Cookies (it also calls for 1 tsp of baking soda & 1 tsp cream of tartar). Dough is very easy to work with - make sure you refrigerate it for at least 2 hours before rolling it out. I use a lower oven temperature (about 365 or 370 degrees). I also turn cookie the sheets about 1/2 through baking. They taste great.

  • STBay
    Dec 15, 2015

    I have never had good luck with cut out cookies, this recipe turned out fantastic. Not dry and didn't spread out. Will be making these again.

  • cookiesfromhome
    Oct 7, 2015

    This one is the best recipe for the celebration.So easy to make ,sure i will try this one.

  • Ericalovestobake
    Feb 13, 2015

    This recipe was very easy, the cookies taste great! They were a hit at the Valentine's party :)

  • bktenn
    Dec 21, 2014

    My all time favourite. Very easy to make

  • Spoonerrose
    Dec 9, 2013

    Love these cookies.. The best recipe I have ever found.