I made some if these as Christmas gifts to give this year. I can't wait to see how they turn out.

Trina

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a 1 quart large mouth jar, layer the sugar on the bottom and the flour mixture on top. Attach a tag with the following instructions:

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  • Empty the contents of the jar into a large bowl. Cut in 1 cup of softened butter until the mixture is crumbly. In a separate bowl, beat 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract until light and fluffy. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Cover bowl and chill for 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart onto cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges begin to brown. You can decorate them with sugar before baking of frost after baking.

Nutrition Facts

180 calories; protein 2.2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 24.5g 8% DV; fat 8.2g 13% DV; cholesterol 35.8mg 12% DV; sodium 140.2mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2004
I would have given this recipe 5 stars except the cookies baked up puffier than you would expect for a roll-out sugar cookie and so the shapes were distorted. This makes a wonderfully flavorful sugar cookie similar to those found in restaurants and stores it is just not ideal for rolling and cutting out shapes it is better for just round molded cookies. The dough was very easy to work with and the flavor of these cookies is...for lack of a better word...wonderful! It is exactly the flavor I was looking for in a sugar cookie so I will most likely "tweak" this recipe and use it again many times! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/09/2005
These cookies were awful! I couldn't even roll it out they were crumbly and just impossible. Unless we did something wrong which I doubt since we followed the instructions I am never making them again. Read More
(26)
63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2004
I would have given this recipe 5 stars except the cookies baked up puffier than you would expect for a roll-out sugar cookie and so the shapes were distorted. This makes a wonderfully flavorful sugar cookie similar to those found in restaurants and stores it is just not ideal for rolling and cutting out shapes it is better for just round molded cookies. The dough was very easy to work with and the flavor of these cookies is...for lack of a better word...wonderful! It is exactly the flavor I was looking for in a sugar cookie so I will most likely "tweak" this recipe and use it again many times! Read More
(112)
Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2008
I really liked this recipe. But I did make a few changes: I replaced the lemon extract with almond essence and I added a dash of nutmeg. The consistency was just right. The cookies do puff up more than I'd expected but using a more simple shape...like a heart or a flower...works fine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2004
I have tried many cookie jar recipes. This one is great! I always try the recipe before I give it to friends. Made these cookies with my 3 and 4 year old. It looks crumbly after you mix it but I just gathered up the whole dough wrapped it in a piece of plastic wrap refrigerated it and then instead of rolling it out we just made 1 inch balls and pressed them into Christmas sprinkles. They spread a lot but they made a nice chewy sugar cookie. Very easy recipe. Will make these again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2008
These are the best sugar cookies I've ever had...melt in your mouth crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle. Oh yum! I didn't have lemon extract so I used 1/4 tsp. additional vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp. orange extract and it was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
These were terrific cookies!!! My son had so much fun helping me decorate them and we all enjoyed eating them...YUMMY!!! It was my first attempt at homemade sugar cookies I usually use the kits you can get (NEVER AGAIN!!) Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/08/2005
These cookies were awful! I couldn't even roll it out they were crumbly and just impossible. Unless we did something wrong which I doubt since we followed the instructions I am never making them again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2003
yummy is all i can say - i didn't do the whole jar thing just made them up for the family and friends all of whom pigged them down. these did not last very long! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2003
wow!! these cookies are awesome!! i didn't even have lemon extract and they still turned out reaally yummy!! I replaced the lemon extract with lemon juice and it still worked. these cookies do turn out a lil puffier then normal sugar cookies but they are definately sooo good!! i have made this recipe 3 times and im planning to make another one tonite!! the batter is a lil sticky buy o well!! the taste is not 5star its 10 stars at the least!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2003
The taste is very good and I may make this again. For me it is quite sweet and we did not add frosting or any decoration. If I make this again I will try it with less sugar. However I don't think I'll use it for cut-outs (which is what I was looking for) because it really expands during cooking and the cut-outs will lose their shapes. Read More
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