Family Favorite Sugar Cookies

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I have always loved sugar cookies.  They’re unpretentious, simple, and delicious.   This recipe stands above the others…these little gems are soft and not overly sweet, but they can also handle frosting, including your favorite sprinkles! Using pantry staples these mix together quickly, which is a plus for busy holiday seasons.  These cookies are so good that my niece wanted them fashioned into a cake for her birthday (kudos to my sister for pulling that off!).  Eat them plain, sprinkled with pretty sugar, or frosted as a holiday treat – any way you have them, these sugar cookies are sure to be a hit with your family, too!  ~ Kathy


1 c. butter, softened

½ c. powdered sugar

½ c. sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

2 ¼ c. flour

½ tsp cream of tartar

½ tsp. baking soda


Preheat oven to 375˚

Combine butter and sugars in a large bowl.  Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often until creamy.  Add egg and vanilla and mix well.   Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed.

Beat until dough forms a ball.

Shape dough into 1” balls.   Place two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Flatten each cookie to about 1 1/2 “diameter.  Dip in decorative sugar if desired.

Bake 7 to 9 minutes, or until set and slightly browned on edges.  Do not overbake.  Let sit on cookie sheet one minute.  Move to cooling rack to cool completely.

If you plan on frosting the cookies, be sure they are cooled to room temperature before frosting.

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