Total Time
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 0 mins

Most sugar cookie recipes are tricky in that they have a tendency to be dry and tasteless if not done just right. These always come out good, and are perfect for decorating for any holiday. I make them for everything. Good way to try out all your cutters!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Mix margarine and sugar and beat till fluffy. Add egg and extracts. Mix in soda and cream of tartar, and then add flour. Wrap in a disc and chill for at least an hour, but no more than 24 or it will dry out.
  2. Roll to 1/4" thickness and cut with desired cookie cutters. Leave room between cookies on baking sheet ( I use parchment) because they do spread. Bake 8 minutes till set, but not browned.
  3. Frost with cream cheese frosting, or any other flavor if you like, and decorate with sugars or decors.
  4. Note: Since every oven varies, it may be a good idea to bake a few at first to determine how long a batch will take in your oven. Underbaking will cause cookies to break, and overbaking will make them crispy.


Most Helpful

This is the same recipe I have used for more than 45 years. I found it in a Betty Crocker Cookie book back in 1963, I think. It is so tender and flavorful. The confectioners sugar makes the difference.

kopp August 25, 2009

Won First prize(Blue Ribbon) with this recipe in the county fair.Wonderful recipe, thanks for the recipe and the ribbon!

hardcase January 30, 2007

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