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Sugar Star & Flag Cookies

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
  • Makes
    10 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Editor's Note: If shipping these cookies, consider decorating with royal icing (recipe also in Recipe Finder).
Nutrition 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
    May 24, 2015

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

  • supersportgirl
    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
    Jul 10, 2010

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

  • Poots
    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
    Jul 4, 2010

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

  • shopaun
    Jul 1, 2010

    What frosting recipe did everyone use?

  • alexstich
    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
    Jun 23, 2010

    We had plenty to share and they were well received.

  • rainiebob
    May 22, 2010

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

  • emmy22
    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.