A rich, crisp, sugar type cookie that is easy to make. The mayonnaise takes the place of the shortening and eggs. My son says it is possibly the world's best cookie.

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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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  • Mix together sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt. Add mayonnaise and vanilla. Mix together very well.

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  • Shape into walnut sized balls. (The dough will be crumbly). Mash with a fork, sprinkle with sugar. Bake 12 minutes in a 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven.

Nutrition Facts

182 calories; 9.8 g total fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 140 mg sodium. 22.1 g carbohydrates; 1.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2008
i had a jar of fat-free mayo that wasn't getting enough attention, so i decided to give this recipe a try. the cookies turned out more like moist muffin tops, but still had great flavor. if you want more of a "guilt-free" treat this would be it, but i think they're much better made with regular mayo :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/01/2008
Pretty decent cookies & easy to make. I had no problems working with the dough. They have a slight mayo flavor while they are still warm and it tastes more normal when they cool. I'd love to try variations. I may try adding cocoa as some other reviews mentioned. As others have mentioned I didn't have many ingredients on hand and this was one of very few cookie recipes that didn't require butter (ot butter substitutes) or eggs. Read More
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109 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 68
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2008
i had a jar of fat-free mayo that wasn't getting enough attention, so i decided to give this recipe a try. the cookies turned out more like moist muffin tops, but still had great flavor. if you want more of a "guilt-free" treat this would be it, but i think they're much better made with regular mayo :) Read More
(37)
Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2008
i had a jar of fat-free mayo that wasn't getting enough attention, so i decided to give this recipe a try. the cookies turned out more like moist muffin tops, but still had great flavor. if you want more of a "guilt-free" treat this would be it, but i think they're much better made with regular mayo :) Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2008
I'm a cookie lover but not a baker. My husband needed some cookies for an event and I was too lazy to go to the store. I saw this recipe and had the ingredients so I gave it a try. I made the recipe exactly as written. The only change I made was to press a pecan half into some of the cookies which was good. I had no problem with the dough being crumbly in fact mine was sticky. I had to bake a couple of extra minutes. For ease and taste I give this cookie a 5. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/08/2005
These were pretty good cookies. I tryed making them healthier by using light Mayonnaise replacing half the sugar with Splenda and replacing 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour with oat flour. Like one reviewer said the dough is hard to work with. First it comes out very crumbly and then it turns very sticky making it a messy job to roll into balls. Secondly if you are a cookie dough addict and you are using light mayo hold off on eating it because it tastes nasty. And finally really make sure you flatten the dough out well before baking because these cookies do not spread at all and they will burn on the bottom and be raw in the middle if you don't. Other than that they were very tasty. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/01/2008
Pretty decent cookies & easy to make. I had no problems working with the dough. They have a slight mayo flavor while they are still warm and it tastes more normal when they cool. I'd love to try variations. I may try adding cocoa as some other reviews mentioned. As others have mentioned I didn't have many ingredients on hand and this was one of very few cookie recipes that didn't require butter (ot butter substitutes) or eggs. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2006
These really are quite nice even if the dough smells dodgy. I omitted the vanilla (only because I was out) and added allspice nutmeg and cloves and dusted them with confectioner's sugar after baking. Very lovely whilst still warm with a cup of spice tea on a cold night. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2014
Had I not just tried one you couldn't have convinced me that a recipe that goes together so fast with ingredients almost everyone keeps in their pantry and fridge at any given time could come out so superbly. The mayo didn't skeeve me out because I have a couple of great cake recipes using mayo. But the ease of making these belies the wonderful result. I grated the zest of one lemon and substituted lemon extract for the vanilla and the result was a short gently crispy sable-textured lemon sugar cookie good enough to put on your Christmas cookie trays. But they're equally at home as an after-school snack for the kids. I'm certain that the vanilla would be lovely as well. The dough was quite manageable for me. Crumbly looking but it balled up easily. Don't forget to flatten as what you see for height going into the oven is more or less what you get coming out. I got just under 3 dozen 32 to be precise. To avoid making a difficult hard-to-work-with dough be certain to spoon your flour into the measuring cup (meaning don't scoop the flour into the cup) then sweep to level the top. If you're finding that your dough is unworkably stiff you've added too much flour which will happen if you scoop. As written the measurements are correct. This recipe is a fabulous find! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2004
So quick to mix up I had them ready before the oven finished preheating! I also made a batch that included approx 1T cocoa powder. Adjust it to your liking. Surprisingly good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2005
This is the first cookie recipe I've used that my parents actually liked! They were really surprised when I told them I made it with mayonnaise! The batter smelled really funky but the result was surprisingly good. I used a little more mayonnaise because the dough was really dry and it turned out really good. I only had low fat mayonnaise (with half the fat) but it still came together. The flavors definitely get better with time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2003
So easy to make!!! They have a great slightly tangy flavor. This will definitely be a basic cookie recipe I make over and over again. Read More
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