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Mary's Sugar Cookies

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  •  4.7 stars stars based on 159 reviews
  •   95% would make this again
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Makes about 60

1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
granulated sugar
icing for decoration (optional)

Mix together sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla, and almond extract; mix well. Blend in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours. Heat oven to 375 F. Divide dough in half. Roll each half 3/16 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered board. Cut into desired shapes; sprinkle with granulated sugar. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown on edges. When cool, decorate with icing, as desired.

Note: Source: This recipe was donated by a reader in 1999. We were later told that this is an old Betty Crocker recipe, and we found it (in slightly altered form) in an out-of-print cookbook called "Betty Crocker's Cooky Book," printed in 1963. A similar recipe is also on Betty Crocker's website.

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Reviews of Mary's Sugar Cookies:

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  Donna in Ohio  Oct 16, 2018
Would make this again.
I have made this recipe for years! It is a very good cut out cookie dough. I have substituted caramel flavoring for the almond (when I ran out of Almond) Delicious. I bake these with sugar then after they cool I dip them in chocolate. Or I frost them with icing. I use the Wilton gel colors. I also add coloring to the dough its fun comes out neat esp leaves for fall. Today, Im going to make pumpkins and ice them and put candy corn for the eyes and chocolate chips for the mouth...Yummy concoction. 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Massachusetts  Mar 28, 2018
Would make this again.
I grew up on these sugar cookies. I\'m 53 and still making them. They are the best sugar cookies I\'ve ever tasted. 5 stars

  Kathy in Rochester ny  Jan 31, 2018
Would make this again.
Have used this recipe for 49 years-my favorite sugar cookies and I still have the betty Crocker cookie cookbook-pages are falling out and smeared from the years of use but my favorite cookie book- thanks betty crocker 5 stars

  Josie in Iowa  Dec 21, 2017
Would make this again.
My mother-in-law gave me the old Betty Crocker cookbook for my first Christmas gift from her 54 years ago. This was one of the first recipes I tried and still make today. The secret is to use real butter. This is one of my children and grandchildren\'s favorite. 5 stars

  Maxine in Altoona pa  Nov 12, 2017
Would make this again.
Best Christmas cookie ever! 5 stars

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