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Sugar Star & Flag Cookies Recipe

Sugar Star & Flag Cookies Recipe

I volunteer with a group that bakes treats for military personnel serving overseas. We really like to send these soft sugar cookies because they ship well and taste great! —Susan Whetzel, Pearisburg, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:120 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Decorating icing and/or colored sugars


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2- to 3-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugars as desired.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate with icing and additional sugars if desired. Yield: 10 dozen.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: If shipping these cookies, consider decorating with royal icing (recipe also in Recipe Finder).

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 51 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.

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keig46 User ID: 4852801 226874
Reviewed May. 24, 2015

"Didn't make 120 cookies at 1/4 inch. I got about 60. They taste better with lemon frosting."

supersportgirl User ID: 4980393 110075
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

"Great cookies! I always like finding soft cookie recipes. I used the Royal Icing and it set up great. I didn't use a pastry bag, I only made stars and just spread it on with a knife. I decreased the baking time on mine because I thought they were getting too brown, maybe I made them a bit thinner than the recipe called for. I actually shipped them to my husband overseas!"

l2bake User ID: 2030987 188508
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2010

"Delicious cookies, but I have never been able to get 10 dozen out of the dough though."

Poots User ID: 1413102 117925
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"This was an excellent recipe, easy to make and rolled out and tasted great. Only I made them as "Canada Day" cookies and everyone wanted the recipe. Thank You!"

warrenwoman58 User ID: 1188693 176114
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"These cookies were a pain to ice and really didn't have any flavor."

shopaun User ID: 5107634 128653
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"What frosting recipe did everyone use?"

alexstich User ID: 5082610 176112
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2010

"I brought these to a party and they were a big hit! I put in orange peel and orange juice instead of lemon, and everyone loved them!"

LadyDiBellevue User ID: 3165769 211590
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2010

"We had plenty to share and they were well received."

rainiebob User ID: 525587 146423
Reviewed May. 22, 2010

"loved the cookies, and yes it does indeed make lots of cookies!!"

emmy22 User ID: 4795465 211589
Reviewed May. 20, 2010

"Yes, it has a lot of butter, cream cheese, sugar, and eggs, but it makes 120 cookies! One cookie only has 51 calories and 2 grams fat. Think before you criticize please."

cen06451 User ID: 3914877 103853
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2009

"I had the same thought. Why is this in the "Low Fat" category?"

rkoehly User ID: 3907331 103848
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2009

"This recipe is low fat????? Doesn't look so, with the 2 cups sugar, butter and cream cheese."

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