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Sugar Cookies

This sugar cookie dates 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
    5 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Additional sugar


  • 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.
  • 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.
If Cooking for Two: Freeze baked cookies in airtight containers or freezer bags to enjoy anytime!
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  • Queenlalisa
    Sep 7, 2020

    I love sugar cookies and this recipe was buttery and delicious!

  • Cecilia
    Aug 27, 2020

    I am getting ready to make these cookies and I noticed that it only called for 1 cup of sugar. Were the cookies sweet with with just 1 cup of sugar?

  • Anna
    Aug 17, 2020

    These were simple ingredients that I could find in my home. The dough was like the store bought dough for pillsbury! Totally recommend!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • Jhillwashburn
    Jul 8, 2020

    Light and flaky.

  • Jellybug
    Jun 19, 2020

    I love these simple delicious cookies...

  • Teddy
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  • lvarner
    May 2, 2020

    These cookies are simple, not fancy, but they come together quickly and taste really good. I love that you don't have to chill or roll out the dough.

  • Ran
    Apr 29, 2020

    I didn't roll them in extra sugar and these are the BEST COOKIES I EVER MADE AND TASTED.

  • Pam
    Mar 15, 2020

    I've been trying a lot of sugar cookie recipes trying to find the one that tastes like the ones my Swedish granny made. These are it! What's different is the half butter/half shortening and there's no salt like others I've made. They're not rolled and cut out. I think this all makes them a bit crispier. I'm happy!

  • fmmslkl
    Feb 29, 2020

    These are a perfect sugar cookie. Family and friends all love these cookies.