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Cracked Sugar Cookies Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Cracked Sugar Cookies

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"This is a family favorite sugar cookie recipe handed down to me from my mom. When my husband was deployed to Iraq, he was always excited to receive a box of these in the mail. I always make sure to watch these closely and take them out of the oven before they brown. If they brown, they will end up too hard and crunchy."

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Beat 2 cups sugar, butter, and vegetable oil with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add egg yolks one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Sift flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt into the egg yolk mixture; stir. Stir in vanilla extract. Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls.
  3. Spread 1/4 cup sugar onto a flat surface. Roll the balls of dough in sugar to coat. Arrange onto baking sheets spaced at least 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake in preheated oven cooked in the middle, but not yet browned, about 15 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 23, 2012

If it wasn't for the fact that I'm this recipe's first reviewer it would suffice to simply say, "Mmmmm," and add that Hubs remarked that this was "A five" - virtually unheard of. So I'll expand and say that not only were these made in no time, they were soft and tender with that characteristic sandy texture so familiar in cookies where cream of tartar is one of the ingredients. I HATE rolling out sugar cookies and these had the advantage of turning out perfectly round, perfect for decorating. I glazed them with "Shiny Cookie Icing," also from this site, before decorating them for Halloween. I'm very pleased.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 20, 2013

I was looking for a cookie recipe that only used egg yolks after making meringue cookies. The texture was quite nice. I found it a bit oily and a bit too sweet. I would suggest cutting the oil back a bit, and not to bother with rolling in sugar. Also, with my convection oven (which I'm still learning how to use), 2 batches at 300 (automatically switched down to 275 on convection setting), it took about 22 minutes for them to puff up nicely, still before browning. I'm thinking my go-to recipe for sugar cookies is still "Best Rolled Sugar Cookies" on this site.


15 Ratings

May 20, 2013

My boyfriend is a sugar cookie snob and these are his absolute favourite! =) I made tiny ones to have with tea and they're absolutely wonderful alone! Add some sweet orange marmalade to a nice, warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven cookie and they're divine! Cheers!

Nov 18, 2012

Great comfort cookie...especially tasty while still warm!

Jun 25, 2013

I thought this was an excellent recipe! It is super sweet and my kids absolutely loved it! If you are careful not to over bake them, they are tender and chewy. So happy this recipe worked for me as I was in such a time crunch trying to please a little birthday boy and his last minute request for "sugar cookies with colored sugar on them." Also, I have an electric oven and baked them the full 15 minutes. Any less and they were too flat. This is my new favorite sugar cookie recipe!

Jan 09, 2013

This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe from this site. I don't usually make any recipe that only has a few reviews but I'm glad I did! I was looking for the perfect soft cookie recipe and I found it. The first time I made them I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out very tasty but the texture was a little off. There were a lot of holes in them so the second time I made them I mixed the vanilla extract in with the wet ingredients and then sifted all of the dry ingredients together well in a separate bowl and then blended it all together with an electric mixer. They turned out perfect! Sugary sweet and soft. Make sure you take them out of the oven before they brown so you get a soft cookie! This is my go to sugar cookie recipe now.

May 24, 2013

These turned out great! Chewy and sweet enough they don't need icing if you don't want to. I added more vanilla than the recipe called for and will definitely make again.

Jan 09, 2013

This was a great cookie! I had some dehydrated cranberries sitting around, and by adding some to the batter, the tartness of the cranberries helped douse the sweetness of the cookie. I will definitely be using these for my party tomorrow!


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  • Calories
  • 128 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 6 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 65 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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