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Thick Sugar Cookies Recipe

Thick Sugar Cookies Recipe

A bit thicker than the norm, this sugar cookie is just like one you might find at a good bakery. My children often request these sweet treats for their birthdays and are always happy to help me decorate. —Heather Biedler, Martinsburg, West Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Assorted colored nonpareils, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, egg yolks and extracts. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • 3. Bake until edges begin to brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat confectioners’ sugar, butter, shortening, extracts and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Spread over cookies. If desired, sprinkle with nonpareils. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 frosted cookie : 219 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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Juleechristine User ID: 8869793 248685
Reviewed May. 27, 2016

"easy and delicious"

papa60 User ID: 2543625 231013
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2015

"So very good moist cookie an loved the frosting my grandkids loved them"

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 184394
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"A really good cookie, but I have to admit I'm not a fan of the icing. I will definitely use the cookie recipe again, but will stick with just my plain powdered sugar and milk with a little vanilla glaze. I agree the dough is easy to work with and the cookies are very tasty!"

mom2lauren User ID: 7407229 125990
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

"This recipe was very easy to work with. My daughter and I rolled the cookies out and cut out Halloween shapes. I started a Wilton cake decorating course last night and needed to take some plain round cookies to practice on so I cut out a few round ones for the class. They were perfect. My whole family really enjoyed them. This will be my go-to sugar cookie recipe from now on!"

etzappa User ID: 7374328 200477
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"I'm not terribly good at baking, so if I can make these, so can you! They are so simple and always a hit with friends and co-workers."

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