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Mom's Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Mom's Sugar Cookies

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"An old-fashioned recipe, for fragrant and soft sugar cookies. You will not get the best results if you choose to use margarine and imitation flavorings. Decorate with your favorite icing and decorations."

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Original recipe makes 60 cookies Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    3 hrs 45 mins


  1. Beat butter, egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar and beat until incorporated. Mix flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar into butter mixture until dough sticks together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.
  3. Cut dough into quarters and roll each quarter onto a floured work surface to almost 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough into shapes using cookie cutters and arrange on the prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake each batch in the preheated oven until edges start to brown, about 8 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 27, 2015

When I made these cookies today I made a very critical error - I didn't make nearly enough of them. This is one of the best cookies I've made in a looooong time, and I can only explain my making so few of them because I didn't want a lot of them laying around in case they were duds. Oh, quite the contrary. What a beautiful, perfect cookie this is! Not to mention it's an absolute cinch to put together. I had them ready to pop in the oven before it was even preheated. The proportions of all ingredients are just perfect - no tweaking necessary unless you 'd like to change up the flavor with a different extract. Just because rolling out sugar cookies has never floated my boat I simply dropped the dough onto UNgreased cookie sheets and flattened them just slightly. Making them a little thicker than the recipe called for made them tender and soft, ideal for a glaze or butter frosting. Hubs requested a glaze and, happy to oblige, I used Shiny Cookie Icing, also from this site, for its lack of any flavoring. The subtle flavor of almond in these cookies was just right. The submitter suggests these are the perfect cookie for Christmas gift boxes but I submit these are perfect as a "go-to" cookie all year round. As this recipe's first reviewer I'm thrilled to give these an enthusiastic two thumbs up. No wonder this recipe has been passed down through the generations!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 22, 2015

Flavor was ok. Mine were very dry. After refrigerating the dough, as the recipe states, it was rock hard. Had to bring back to room temperature. The recipe also states it makes 60 cookies, I got 25 from the recipe. The only thing I changed was not rolling them out, can't imagine that would make a difference. Even though the flavor was ok, I won't make again. Thank you.

Feb 15, 2015

Pretty good flavor. Kodi made them into shapes and covered with frosting to decorate.

Feb 13, 2015

This is a great recipe.. Its easy to make, I just followed the directions and they came out fabulous.. I added as the finishing touch icing with sprinkles.. They didn't stand much a chance in my home.. This is my go to recipe for sugar cookies from here out..

Feb 08, 2015

Sugar cookies are my absolute favorite guilty pleasure. These are spectacular. I don't like to roll out the dough and cut them either, so I made little logs, chilled till very firm, then sliced and baked. Wow! A home made butter cream frosting makes these irresistible! Thanks for sharing your mom's wonderful recipe, Patsy.

Apr 25, 2015

Best sugar cookie I have ever eaten! 3 hour chill time is too long. Press the dough into a rectangle , wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 45 minutes. I rolled it out and cut out 2 dozen cookies. Yum!

Mar 14, 2015

Since it was my first time using this recipe, I made a half batch, gave them a simple royal icing, and sprinkles topping, and sent to my husband deployed overseas. I saved a few for myself, and they were absolutely delicious. Heard from my husband, and even after a week shipping across the world, he said they were delicious. Whenever my husband reports back that he likes something, the recipe goes in my file, and it gets an automatic 5 stars :-)


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  • Calories
  • 60 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 3.2 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 44 mg
  • 2%

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

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