This recipe makes a crisp sugar cookie that melts in your mouth.

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Ingredients

72
Original recipe yields 72 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, oil, confectioners' sugar, and 1 cup white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, and stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar; stir into the creamed mixture. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and then roll the balls in remaining white sugar. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets, and flatten with a fork.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges begin to brown. Cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

106.2 calories; 1 g protein; 12.7 g carbohydrates; 11.9 mg cholesterol; 37.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2005
I am an avid cookie baker, and these were good, BUT...the recipes needs about a 1/4 tsp or more of SALT (I tested a few before I added the salt, and the salt helped tremendously). I would also recommend cutting the recipe in half (except the vanilla) because you'll still get about 4 1/2 dozen cookies. Also, don't press them down too much; they'll flatten as they bake. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2010
These are just ok for me. Im not having good luck with cookies right now! Maybe its me! Not crazy about them. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2005
I am an avid cookie baker, and these were good, BUT...the recipes needs about a 1/4 tsp or more of SALT (I tested a few before I added the salt, and the salt helped tremendously). I would also recommend cutting the recipe in half (except the vanilla) because you'll still get about 4 1/2 dozen cookies. Also, don't press them down too much; they'll flatten as they bake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2005
What a yummy cookie. I added 1tsp of almond flavoring and 1/4tsp extra salt like other reviewers suggested. I used my pampered chef small cookie scoop to shape the balls so it made the job quick and easy. I rolled the first batch in white sugar as the recipe called and I could see that it was going to make alot of cookies. So for the next pan I used cinnamon and sugar mixed together and the next cocoa and sugar. It made for a nice variety and quite beautiful! I will be keeping this recipe forever. Barb in BC Canada Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2004
I grew up with these cookies as a family recipe only the original recipe of my childhood calls for vegetable shortening instead of butter. But butter is so much better! I never thought of using butter till I saw this recipe. The cookies are just awesome. So tender yet crisp they really do melt in your mouth. I flatten mine with the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar rather than with a fork. It produces perfectly smooth gorgeous cookies. These guys are too fragile to frost (if you did manage to spread frosting on without breaking them they would absorb the moisture from the frosting and turn unappetizingly soggy) but colored sugar sprinkles is an option. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2003
I just finished making these cookies and I had to write a review - they are great! Crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. I added 2 tsp. of vanilla and rolled them in white sugar with red and green sprinkles so that they would be festive looking. Thanks for this recipe - it will be my new Christmas tradition! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2002
These are the best sugar cookies I've ever tasted and they really do melt in your mouth! I decided to scale the recipe down to 24 servings and it still made 4 dozen so I would suggest not making them at full recipe. To make the colored sugar just put a half a cup sugar and a drop or two of food coloring in a ziplock bag and mix it around. It works great. These cookies will get great results no matter where they are served! Thank you for sharing the wonderful recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/11/2010
I used 1.5 cups of butter and 1/2 cup of canola oil since I didn't want a super crispy cookie. They turned out great with the change nice and soft with a tiny crunch at the edge. Perfect for decorating. Update: made with one c butter half cup oil half cup apple sauce and cut the powdered sugar to one cup sinceiwas going to frost them and even better. They were almost too sweet with the frosting before Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/20/2008
Don't be surprised at the greasy feeling of the dough. I will chill it next time to make it a little easier to handle. I forgot to press down with a fork and just waited for the dough balls to flatten and it was a perfect indication that they were done. I used this recipe for Christmas and rolled a few in red sugar a few in green sugar a few in white sugar and a few in cinnamon and sugar. I am keeping this recipe. I do wish I had made half a batch. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2010
These are just ok for me. Im not having good luck with cookies right now! Maybe its me! Not crazy about them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/08/2008
These cookies stayed nice an soft. To the 1/4 C of white sugar I added some colored sugar (pink and purple) to pretty them up for 4 little girls who's mother is on a 6 month deployment. Read More
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