This is a nice soft center sugar cookie.

Pam

Recipe Summary

Servings:
24
Yield:
4 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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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.

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  • Cream together sugar and butter. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.

  • Add flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Stir.

  • Form dough into walnut size balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Don't flatten. Bake 10 to 11 minutes, until tops are cracked and just turning color.

Nutrition Facts

163 calories; protein 1.8g 4% DV; carbohydrates 20.5g 7% DV; fat 8.4g 13% DV; cholesterol 45.9mg 15% DV; sodium 108.2mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2004
THESE ARE SO AWESOME! This is like the best drop sugar cookie recipe! I'm serious, and I know what I am talking about,too...I have this quest for the best ever drop sugar cookie recipe-like Pillsbury, or Betty Crocker, or the already made kind you can buy in just about any grocery store, or Subway cookie-and this may just be the winner! These are awesomeI made these cookies yesterday and they turned out beautifully! And today they are still soft and moist and just as yummy as yesterday! It's not the cakey soft cookie, it's a tasty, chewy, soft, kinda thick sugar cookie (and they look pretty, with a cracked top appearance)! And in my book, thats about as good as you can get! I think that these would work well frosting, too, as long as the frosting is not too sweet, because the cookie is already pretty sweet. No one will believe that you made these yourself! Oh, and don't flatten them before you bake them, just listen to the recipe and they will flatten by themselves, if you don't bake them too long, and if you let them sit for a little bit on the cookie pan. I have no idea why these are not rated at 5 stars right now; I give them ********** ten stars! I encourage any one looking for a scrumptious sugar cookie to definetly try this recipe! I have tried a lot of sugar cookie recipes, and none compare to this one, they all get hard after cooling down, but these stay soft and moist. These are magnificent cookies, exactly what I was looking for!!!!! Thank you so much, Pam! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2010
I just made these cookies and they turned out flat. I don't know what I did wrong. The flavor is excellent though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2004
THESE ARE SO AWESOME! This is like the best drop sugar cookie recipe! I'm serious, and I know what I am talking about,too...I have this quest for the best ever drop sugar cookie recipe-like Pillsbury, or Betty Crocker, or the already made kind you can buy in just about any grocery store, or Subway cookie-and this may just be the winner! These are awesomeI made these cookies yesterday and they turned out beautifully! And today they are still soft and moist and just as yummy as yesterday! It's not the cakey soft cookie, it's a tasty, chewy, soft, kinda thick sugar cookie (and they look pretty, with a cracked top appearance)! And in my book, thats about as good as you can get! I think that these would work well frosting, too, as long as the frosting is not too sweet, because the cookie is already pretty sweet. No one will believe that you made these yourself! Oh, and don't flatten them before you bake them, just listen to the recipe and they will flatten by themselves, if you don't bake them too long, and if you let them sit for a little bit on the cookie pan. I have no idea why these are not rated at 5 stars right now; I give them ********** ten stars! I encourage any one looking for a scrumptious sugar cookie to definetly try this recipe! I have tried a lot of sugar cookie recipes, and none compare to this one, they all get hard after cooling down, but these stay soft and moist. These are magnificent cookies, exactly what I was looking for!!!!! Thank you so much, Pam! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2007
This is the recipe I've been looking for! The cookies turned out great- nice and soft! (I didn't have any cream of tartar, so I substituted 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 3/4 teaspoons of baking soda for the cream of tarter and baking soda called for in the recipe.) I also rolled some of them in sugar before baking. I liked it both ways. I will probably try rolling some of them in cinnamon and sugar next time. Also, I may try adding some lemon zest sometime, too. It's such a great recipe to either leave alone, or to work your own variations with. 5 STARS! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2009
They say that if the dough tastes good, so will the cookie! Took a taste and yep, I knew I'd end up with a good cookie. These are buttery, light and tender with the characteristic crispiness cream of tartar provides. I loved 'em. It's a beautiful and easy dough to work with and does exactly what the recipe says it will. Delicious just as is, but for Christmas I dipped one half in chocolate ganache and then decorated them with Christmas sprinkles. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2007
These sugar cookies are awesome! The dough is stiff at first, but this recipe is much easier to make with a heavy duty stand mixer. I sifted all the dry ingredients together before adding to the butter/sugar/egg yolk/vanilla mixture. I added the dry ingredients slowly and let the mixer run for quite a while, scraping down the sides of the bowl. I got a nice firm but pliable dough that was easily rolled into little balls. With the cream of tartar, these remind me of my favorite snickerdoodle recipe. The result out of the oven were uniform, beautiful round cookies that were just slighly golden underneath. When they cooled, the edges were delicately crispy and the centers were soft and chewy. I think in order to get these results, it's a good idea to measure the flour by spooning it into the measuring cup and leveling off with the flat back of a knife. Digging the measuring cup into the bag of flour can compact it too densely resulting in a dry dough that is hard to work with. These cookies looked gorgeous out of the oven and tasted fantastic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2007
I just made these and they turned out great. I live in Norway and had to make a few substitutions. First off, I've only seen vanilla flavoring, which is blech. So I used a vanilla bean instead. Of course it gives the cookies the little black flecks, but the taste is so much better. I also have never seen cream of tartar here. I know you can use lemon juice or vinegar as a substitute, but I didn't either. I did, however, have a lime in the fridge. I feel like lemons are slightly more acidic, so I used 2 teaspoons of lime juice in place of the cream of tartar. I don't have any kind of electric mixer. So I made these entirely by hand. And when I say hand, I mean hand! The dough is kind of hard to work with using just a spoon. So I literally went hands-in to mix it, as if it was bread dough. But like I said, they turned out great. They were very easy to form into balls for baking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2011
Wow! There aren't enough stars on here for this cookie. This has to be the most perfect sugar cookie I have ever come across. I followed the recipe exactly and got excellent results. They come out picture perfect, almost too good looking to eat but absolutely irresistable. I don't think any bakery could compare. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2007
A really good sugar cookie. The dough was easy to handle & roll. This reminded me of the sugar cookie dough you can buy pre-made in the refrig. section (only better!). I think the dough would work well for desserts that call for a sugar cookie base. I had all the ingred. on hand so a quick & easy cookie to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2008
These are amazing. I have never been good at cookies, and these are full proof you can't mess them up. The dough is very easy to handle unlike other sugar cookie doughs. You can bake them right away, and I even make my own date stuffing to put in the center of the cookie. I also rolled them in a cinnamon, sugar coating on the outside, they were fantastic. My husband who never asks for anything twice, is always requesting these. YOU MUST TRY IT...... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2007
These were exactly what I wanted. However for me I found that they did need to be flattened and also they needed to be baked for a few minutes longer than what the recipe stated (and they still came out nice soft and chewy). could just me my oven though. i will be using this recipe from now on when I want to make sugar cookies. I also went over them with a vanilla glaze..in red white and blue for 4th of July. very yummy! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2010
I just made these cookies and they turned out flat. I don't know what I did wrong. The flavor is excellent though. Read More
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