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Jelly-Topped Sugar Cookies

On busy days, I appreciate this fast-to-fix drop sugar cookie. Top each cookie with your favorite flavor of jam or jelly. —June Quinn, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup jam or jelly


  • In a large bowl, beat sugar and oil until blended. Beat in eggs, extracts and lemon zest. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to sugar mixture and mix well.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Coat bottom of a glass with cooking spray, then dip in sugar. Flatten cookies with prepared glass, redipping in sugar as needed.
  • Place 1/4 teaspoon jelly in the center of each cookie. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 84 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • gerrian
    Sep 30, 2020

    No comment left

  • mamaknowsbest
    Sep 20, 2015

    My mom has been making these easy sugar cookies since she was a child. A great sugar cookie recipe to use when out of butter! Like my mom and other reviewers, I do occasionally need to add an additional extra table spoon of flour. Don't let that fact scare you from this tasty cookie! Good with or without jelly topping. As a volunteer food editor with Taste of Home I love using these classic recipes.

  • crankyankee
    Feb 4, 2015

    very good

  • maminnich
    Dec 15, 2012

    No comment left

  • jaybear3752
    Aug 25, 2012

    I've made these amazing cookies and my family loved them. I tweaked the ingredients a bit and they turned out delicious.

  • Raygina
    Dec 1, 2011

    I don't see any issue between the ingredients and the instructions. Mine came out a little spread so I added a tablespoon of flour and they were great!

  • Tanya7774
    Dec 23, 2008

    This cookie was spread too much and the batter was too runny and could not be pressed down as directed. The instructions in the cookbook itself are correct, but here they are wrong.

  • sharon rinard
    Dec 22, 2008

    kind of confusing: ingredients list baking powder, but directions say to add baking soda. Which one is correct? Sharon

  • Jankel
    Dec 17, 2008

    Re: Jelly-Topped Sugar CookiesSo what are the ingredients. Does the vanilla and lemon extract still belong. I want to make these cookies but I want them to come out the correct way.Jankel

  • thebabyjane
    Dec 16, 2008

    It does seem that a recipe for ginger cookies got mixed up in this recipe. Easy enough to just leave out the goofy ingredients. ... ginger, cinnamon and cloves.