These cookies are a family favorite. This recipe has been in our family for generations. We love them!

Recipe Summary

Servings:
18
Yield:
3 dozen
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Mix the butter, sugar and egg until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla, lemon and orange extracts.

  • Mix the flour and baking soda together and add it to the butter mixture. Mix until combined.

  • Bake spoon-sized drop cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Remove and place cookies on a cooling rack.

Nutrition Facts

214 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 27.2g; fat 10.7g; cholesterol 37.4mg; sodium 146.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2009
These are amazing sugar cookies, especially if you are looking for a traditional, buttery sweet cookie with no frills. This recipe makes old-fashioned, delicious, soft cookies. One tip in making these come out great: rather than drop them onto your baking sheet using spoons or a scoop as you would with chocolate chip cookies, roll them into 1 1/2 inch balls, then roll through a small bowl of white sugar, then place on the baking sheet. This makes them perfect! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/30/2002
Sorry but no one in my family liked it. Read More
(7)
34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2009
These are amazing sugar cookies, especially if you are looking for a traditional, buttery sweet cookie with no frills. This recipe makes old-fashioned, delicious, soft cookies. One tip in making these come out great: rather than drop them onto your baking sheet using spoons or a scoop as you would with chocolate chip cookies, roll them into 1 1/2 inch balls, then roll through a small bowl of white sugar, then place on the baking sheet. This makes them perfect! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2008
I used 2 tsp orange extract instead of the lemon extract and these were absolutely great!!!! And so easy to cook!!! They are soft and chewy and have a nice orange flavor Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2014
A good old-fashioned sugar cookie with just the right amount of chew. I did like the orange and lemon extracts for a change but in the future I ll stick to just the vanilla. I added sprinkles to the dough just for fun and a little pizzazz. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/29/2002
Sorry but no one in my family liked it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
really liked this one Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2005
This is a super-easy version of the sugar cookie recipe that my great-great grandmother brought over from Germany at the turn of the century. Her recipe used lemon and orange zest - this is much easier and just as tasty! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2003
These weren't mind-blowing but they really were very simple and had a lovely light yummy flavor. The dough was easy to handle and because they're so easy to make I gave them 4 stars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2012
These are officially my favorite cookie! Quick and amazingly perfect soft melt-in-your mouth cookies. I wanted super lemony flavor so I omitted the orange and upped the lemon flavor to a tablespoon. Add a quick smear of powdered sugar icing (use a mixer to combine 1/3 c. melted butter 4 tbsp milk 3 c. powdered sugar 1 tbsp lemon extract and yellow food coloring) and OMG you can't stay out of them! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2009
These came out very well. I used 2 teaspoons of orange extract instead of adding lemon extract. It was subtly orange flavored. If you're looking for an extreme I would suggest adding a bit more extract. Read More
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