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This simple and classic cookie is often served at Christmastime and can be plain or decorated with icing or candies. This page contains recipes for sugar cookies.


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This is a recipe that I got from my mother over 40 years ago. She called them drop sugar cookies, so I renamed them this year. These are crispy cookies that melt in your mouth. Almost every time I take them to a potluck party, I am asked for the recipe.

Prep Time: about 30 minutes

Cook Time: 6-10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 5 or 6 dozen


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Mix in order listed. incorporating each ingredient as you go. When thoroughly mixed, chill the dough for about an hour.
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  3. Roll chilled dough into balls about the size of a walnut. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
  4. Flatten with a fork dipped in sugar. You can use colored sugar for this step. You may exchange the fork for another tool. In the original recipe, it called for the bottom of a glass since years ago the glasses had a pretty design. I choose to use my meat tenderizer hammer. See photo.
  5. Bake at 350º F for 6-10 minutes.
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These are easy and exactly like store-bought Mrs. Fields cookies.



Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt with wire whisk. In a separate large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well blended. Scrape down sides of bowl, then add the flour mixture. Blend on low speed just until combined.


Do not overmix.

Gather dough into a ball. Flatten the ball into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap or in a plastic bag. Refrigerate 1 hour until firm.

On a floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. With cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 12-14 minutes, careful not to brown. Immediately transfer cookies with a spatula to a cool, flat surface.

Decorate with icing, sprinkles and candies!


By April from Albany, GA

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cream together shortening, sugar, and brown sugar. Mix in egg, then buttermilk and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; stir into creamed mixture. Chill dough for 1 hour.

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With just three simple ingredients, you can make "shortcut" cinnamon sugar cookies. A fast and easy way to make some cookies, makes a nice little treat for the kids (adults too!).

baked Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

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Cream together first 6 ingredients. Mix rest of ingredients and form into balls 2 inches in diameter. Roll in sugar and flatten on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes.

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These cookies are very easy to make and tasty, too. Very nice and soft.

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Combine first 3 ingredients; set aside. Cream margarine in a medium bowl; slowly add sugar, beating until fluffy. Add egg, beating. Stir in vanilla. Add flour mixture, stirring until blended.

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October 27, 2005

Sift together in a bowl the flour, soda, cream of tartar, salt and powdered sugar. Cut in butter with pastry blender. Beat vanilla and egg together; add. Dough will be fairly soft...

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October 27, 2005

Make into small balls. Flatten with glass. Apply granulated or colored sugar with bottom of glass at the same time. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet...

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Great holiday sugar cookie recipe!

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Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and nutmeg in mixing bowl. Cut in butter to make crumbly, like pie crust. Beat eggs; add sugar, milk and vanilla.


Add to flour mixture. Mix; roll on floured board; sprinkle with sugar, and bake at 400 degrees F.

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Combine butter, sweetener and eggs, beating until fluffy. Soak raisins in enough boiling water to cover. In a separate bowl, sift flour and soda. Add dates and walnuts to the flour. Then add drained raisins, reserving the liquid.

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Add sugar to shortening and make fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add cream and flavoring. Stir in flour sifted with soda and salt. Mix well. Makes a nice drop or rolled cookie.

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This is a wonderful old recipe. Comes out great every time!

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In a large bowl cream margarine, sugar, and eggs. Blend dry ingredients; stir in. Divide mixture in half. Form each half into a roll. Chill until firm. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. With knife, slice 1/4 inch thick.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift flour with baking powder, soda, salt, and nutmeg. Mix butter, sugar, and eggs until light and fluffy. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add flour mixture.

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Put first 3 ingredients in bowl and beat. Add remaining ingredients and beat at medium speed. When mixed, drop by teaspoonsful on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes.

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May 18, 2005

Cream sugar, butter, and eggs. Add sifted dry ingredients alternating with milk. Add vanilla. Chill 2 hours. Roll out on floured board to desired thickness.


Cut with glass tumbler. Bake on greased cookie sheet 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Yield: 4-5 dozen.

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December 2, 2004

Mix together margarine (softened) and powdered sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well...

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Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

December 14, 2005

I am looking for a sugar cookie recipe, not just any sugar cookie. When I was a teen (many,many years ago), my mother bought large decorated sugar cookies from a local woman. They were Santa heads about 1/2 inch thick, moist not crispy and had a really really good flavor. I have tried several recipes, but haven't found one that tastes like these. Anyone have a recipe that makes a delicious, tender cookie?
Thanks in advance :)

hvnlyhills from Peebles,OH


By Crystal (Guest Post)
December 14, 20050 found this helpful

Try the following recipe. Be sure to roll them thick and underbake them a little for soft, moist cookies.

"Killer" Sugar Cookies

3 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond

Cream butter and suger. Add eggs, vanilla and almond and mix well. Mix dry ingredients together and then add to creamed mixture and stir well with wooden spoon. Roll, cut and bake at 350 for 5-9 minutes. Cool and frost/decorate as desired.

Hope this helps!

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By Nona (Guest Post)
December 14, 20050 found this helpful

I have a recipe that I absolutely LOVE!! Sounds like the one you're talking about.
Here it is:
3 eggs
3 c. sugar
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cream of tartar
6 c. flour
350 degrees, bake for 10 min. Roll thicker so they will be moist and not crunchy and dont' keep them in for too much extra time. They may not look done, but they are and if you let them in the oven longer, they will get hard.

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By Mary (Guest Post)
December 14, 20050 found this helpful

Try using some almond flavoring. That's most likely what was used in the cookies. Use vanilla, too.

Mary - Iowa

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About 25 years ago I had a sugar cookie recipe that was given to me by a worker for the extension service for the county. I don't remember what the recipe called for but I do know you rolled them in balls and used self rising flour. The flavor was like none I have ever tasted. Once you started eating them you could not quit. Guess what? I have lost my old time recipe. Help!

Karen from Clemmons, NC

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December 5, 2005

I was wondering if anyone has a quick and easy recipe for Cutout Sugar Cookies for Christmas. I have found a lot of recipes but so many call for like 6 cups of Flour. I don't want to make that big of a batch.

Mindy from Erie


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December 5, 20050 found this helpful


Most recipes can be cut down. I have successfully cut mine in half and even into one fourth the normal with fine results. Just find a recipe you are pleased with and adjust it to the amount of cookies you want to make.


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December 5, 20050 found this helpful

These can be soft OR crisp. The key is to take them out AS SOON AS they start to puff up. about 8 minutes.

3/4 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla extract and blend. Add remaining ingredients and blend. Chill at least one hour.

Roll dough onto flour surfaced and cut out into shapes. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 8 - 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.

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December 5, 20050 found this helpful

Also I usually just roll out the dough on an old pillow case sprinkled with powder sugar. Then cut into triangles with a pizza cutter. Rolling them in flour makes them tough. Carol

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By Margie Minard (Guest Post)
December 6, 20050 found this helpful

These are easy and not too sweet, and are best with sugar or icing on top. This is the very best recipe I ever used.

1 c butter or margarine or a combination
1/2 c sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
3 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar.
add egg and vanilla and mix well. Slowly add dry ingredients, but do not overmix, and this will toughen cookies.
Chill for an hour or so, then roll about 1/4 inch thick on a well floured board (*HINT* roll on wax paper...or I use white freezer paper and throw away the mess when finished) and cut with cutters. Bake in a preheated 350f oven until just beginning to brown around the edges, 8-10 minutes. Makes 2-3 dozen cookies.

Cool and frost or sugar.
These are very tender and good.

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By Eloise Gulick, Franklinville NYS (Guest Post)
December 6, 20050 found this helpful

I have a favorite sugar cutout cookie recipe and it also is a LARGE recipe. Why not 1/2 the recipe that you do have. That works fine I have found.

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By 2Gmom (Guest Post)
December 6, 20050 found this helpful

Soft Sugar cookies
3 cups flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup soft butter (no substitutes)
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla

Combine flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda. Cut in butter until fine particles form. Beat eggs well; add sugar and vanilla. Stir into flour mixture and chill 1/2 hour.
Bake 375 degrees for 8 minutes.

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November 22, 2009

I am looking for a recipe my mom got off the back of a Domino's Dark Brown Sugar box when I was little. She made these cookies every Christmas. She cut the recipe from a box and before she passed, she gave it to me.

Yes, I lost it and have been trying to find this recipe for 16 years. I think (and stress think) they were called butterscotch drop cookies, but "did not" contain butterscotch. The recipe called for dark brown sugar, eggs, flour, cinnamon, and I think a couple of tablespoons of buttermilk.

Does anyone out there know of this recipe? I have searched hundreds of websites including Domino sugar and even wrote them asking about a recipe archive. No luck. I hope someone can help me and end my years of guilt for losing this recipe and memory. Thanks.

By jamie from NY State

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I need a recipe for spiced sugar cookies. Can anyone help? Thanks.

By Holly from Lancaster, WI

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December 23, 2008

Does anyone have an easy, soft sugar cookie recipe?


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Many years ago someone brought cookies to my son's preschool. The cookies were cut-out cookies. They were "raised" and crisp on the outside, but soft in the middle. They looked similar to animal crackers. I have been searching for years for a recipe but so far no luck. Anyone have a recipe for this type of cookie?

By Teressa

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I am looking for a good sugar cookie recipe. I just need to make them into circles to bake them. Then I have small chocolate chips to make eyes and a mouth, put a candy corn on for nose and you have snowman face! My grandkids are coming this weekend and I want to have these all baked so I just have to frost and they can make the snowman faces on them.

By Grammy Duck from upnorth, MN

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