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Papa’s Sugar Cookies

“My grandchildren love these sugar cookies.” These crisp cookies will melt in your mouth. Their subtle macadamia nut, cinnamon and orange peel flavors go perfectly together. —Lee Doverspike, North Ridgeville, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    8 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter flavoring
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup ground macadamia nuts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Additional sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the butter flavoring, orange zest and vanilla.
  • Combine the flour, nuts, baking soda, salt, cream of tartar and cinnamon; gradually add to butter mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls, then roll in additional sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in additional sugar.
  • Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 82 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.
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  • lindamoo
    Aug 20, 2017

    At first these cookies were just "okay", but by the time you finished your first one, you are hooked! The flavors blend so well. I am planning on making them for my daughter's wedding. (PA cookie table). I used the bottom of a pretty glass and plan on using tinted sugar to match the colors in the wedding. I did not use the butter flavoring last time...I will the next time if I see it in the store.

  • MOTCook
    Jul 20, 2014

    Delicious. They reminded me of Snickerdoodles with the cinammon in the mix rather than on the cookie!

  • Autumn Mouse
    Mar 31, 2012

    Delicious! I made these for Christmas, for my family and also to give away to friends and neighbors. They loved them, asked where to find the recipe and said they just dissolve in your mouth. Recently, I made a double batch, they get eaten so quickly that I wanted to make sure to have some around for awhile.

  • Autumn Mouse
    Dec 18, 2011

    Yum! I made this recipe for Thanksgiving. At first people were a little ho-hum, but they kept coming back for more and pretty soon they were all gone and everyone admitted they just couldn't resist reaching for another one.

  • icehouse2
    Dec 11, 2011

    They turned out very nice.

  • tntma
    Mar 30, 2011

     Thank You, I have been baking and cooking for over 30 years and have never seen a recipe calling for butter flavoring??? I will look for it next time I am at the store.

  • Tasting Tammy
    Mar 30, 2011

    Butter flavoring comes in a bottle. It's usually in the cake area. This is a liquid. There are all flavors like almond,vanilla,strawberry is just a few . Adams Best is a great brand. I try to keep them in around all the time.

  • tntma
    Mar 29, 2011

    What is butter flavoring? Butter??

  • Tappie
    Mar 29, 2011

    A Waterford glass makes a beautiful design when stamped on the cookie dough! Very special!!

  • jobouchard
    Mar 29, 2011

    The design is made by using a glass with that design in the bottom of it. Usually a juice or wine glass has them.