Crackled Sugar Cookies

"This is by far the prettiest, easiest (no rolling) and best tasting sugar cookie I have ever made. They look like they came right out of the bakery. Try them-- then stand back and wait for the oohs and ahs!!!!"
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Ready In:




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly grease two baking sheets.
  • Cream sugar and butter together until light.
  • Beat in yolks and vanilla.
  • Sift together the measured sifted flour, baking soda and cream of tartar then fold into the butter sugar mixture.
  • Form dough into walnut size balls.
  • Place 2" apart on the cookie sheets.
  • Do not flatten.
  • Bake for about 11 minutes until the tops are cracked and just turning color.
  • Cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Johanna G.
    Can the dough be frozen ahead of time I make these at Christmas and I put a tablespoon of dough in red or green sugar dyed with food color. “Sprinkles”. Roll around it the sugar then on to cookie sheet. Then bake. They are wonderful


  1. Monica B.
    Excellent recipe! Soft and chewy in the center and crispy, crunchy around the ever!
  2. Montana Ma
    Needed a quick recipe for a last-minute event - WOW! I used 1/4 cup LESS sugar, 3/4 TABLESPOON vanilla, and I rolled the 24 cookie balls (made 'em a touch larger) in the 1/4 cup of sugar saved from recipe. Since I'm at a higher elevation I baked for 11 minutes at 375 degrees.<br/>This is a keeper!
  3. 2monkeymommy
    These cookies are awesome!!! Made one batch for my daughter's gymnatics party and then turned around and made a second for here at home. Super easy and tastes good!! Dipped the faces of the cookies in red and white sugar crystals and baked mine an extra 2 - 3 minutes to brown slightly. Definitely will make these again. Thanks for the great recipe!!
  4. RobinOHNCTXUK
    These were quite tasty, but didn't crackle for me. We baked them close to 15 minutes and still no crackle but still soft on the inside. Rolled them in sugar before baking. Will make again as they were very easy to make and will be pretty rolled in colored sugar
  5. nicoleingermantown
    So easy, so good!


  1. Wildflower5656
    Thanks to you this pregnant lady ate her weight in cookie dough yesterday. Those that did make it to the oven came out delicious! I subbed the cream of tartar/baking soda with 1 tsp of baking powder and 3/4 tsp soda as I had no tartar. Thanks for a nice recipe! I'll be making these again at Christmas
  2. AwShucks
    These are fabulous, not to mention easy! It was the prettiest dough I've ever made, and scooped up just like "buddah" with my small cookie scoop. I highly recommend these if you need something easy and tasty for a Christmas treat. I substituted 1 tsp baking powder and 3/4 tsp baking soda for the cream of tartar and soda listed. I looked at some substitution guidelines and prayed that it would work out, and it did! Try these, you'll like them.



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