Easy to make and no fuss with rolling them out, plus they have that delightful melt-in-your-mouth texture.

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 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.

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  • Cream butter or margarine, shortening, white sugar and confectioners' sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and the vanilla.

  • Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar together. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and blend.

  • Shape dough into walnut-sized balls and place on the prepared baking sheets. Dip a glass in white sugar and press balls flat. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

192 calories; protein 2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 20.9g 7% DV; fat 11.2g 17% DV; cholesterol 23.9mg 8% DV; sodium 140.2mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2003
Excellent recipe!!! Everyone loves these cookies. I did omit the cream of tatar, simply because I didn't have any. I have tried this recipe with both butter and margarine, and butter makes a much tastier cookie. :-) Thanks, Jan!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/25/2009
I was initially pleased to find such a simple recipe for sugar cookies however this is the most minimal that any baked product can be and still be called a cookie. It's not that it's bad. It's just nothing special. The end result was also very dry. Seemed to me like more of a sweet biscuit than a sugar cookie. Definitely not the melt-in-your-mouth texture that the overview claims. Read More
(10)
204 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 153
  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2003
Excellent recipe!!! Everyone loves these cookies. I did omit the cream of tatar, simply because I didn't have any. I have tried this recipe with both butter and margarine, and butter makes a much tastier cookie. :-) Thanks, Jan!!! Read More
(157)
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2003
I was looking for a recipe to mess with to make a peppermint cookie, and this was a winner. I omitted the vanilla and cream of tartar and added 1/4 c. finely crushed candy canes (down to pretty much a powder) and 2 1/2 t. peppermint extract. Then I rolled them in more crushed candy canes and sugar (probably about 1/3 c. and 1/8 c., respectively), and did not flatten them. They turned out extremely well and have become my favorite Christmas cookie this year! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2003
When they first came out of the oven the were wonderful. After they cooled they still tasted good but were a bit crumbly. Overall I will use this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2007
These are so yummy! We've made them at least 4 times since discovering the recipe a couple of weeks ago! I was out of shortening so I substituted butter...they were good but a little flatter and crispier. The recipe yields about 24 medium sized cookies. I did not flatten the cookies before baking and they turned out great! We covered them in a simple powdered sugar glaze (powdered sugar water) and they were great! I've used regular shortening butter flavored shortening and regular butter and they have turned out great each time! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/06/2003
Good shortbread tasting cookie. Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2009
These were absolutely tasty! And easy. I feel the name "sugar cookies" was a little deceiving though as they aren't exactly the same flavor/texture. They were so easy though - I will definitely use them again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2016
I loved this recipe. It is somewhat similar to the Betty Crocker No Roll Sugar Cookies. I come back to this recipe again and again. Try the "Butter Icing for Cookies" recipe on these! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2003
My husband loves this recipe. He's made is several times. It's so easy to make my young daughter often helps. Very tasty similar to shortbread. I look forward to experiementing with flavorings like orange and almond. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2003
This is just the recipe I was looking for! I love the flavor & texture of these cookies not to mention how easy they are to make! I like to bake them a tiny bit longer so they come out nice & crisp! I also sprinkle some superfine sugar on them just as they come out of the oven for extra sparkle. Read More
(15)
Rating: 1 stars
05/25/2009
I was initially pleased to find such a simple recipe for sugar cookies however this is the most minimal that any baked product can be and still be called a cookie. It's not that it's bad. It's just nothing special. The end result was also very dry. Seemed to me like more of a sweet biscuit than a sugar cookie. Definitely not the melt-in-your-mouth texture that the overview claims. Read More
(10)
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