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Mary's Sugar Cookies

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  •  4.9 stars stars based on 164 reviews
  •   99% 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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  Ann in Midwest  Dec 6, 2020
Would make this again.
My Mom made these every year when I was growing up and with grandchildren. She passed down her Betty Crocker cook book to me and Iím making them for the first time in many years, so I can decorate cookies with my grandchild. Every recipe I make from this cookbook reminds me of baking with Mom. 5 stars

  Rhonda in Florida  Apr 7, 2020
Would make this again.
Used this recipe since 1963 and when my page from the Betty Crocker cookbook almost disintegrated I was thankful to find the recipe online....not only good for Christmas I make all my holiday cookies, Easter, Valentines day, Birthdays, Halloween etc with this recipe. 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Washington  Dec 22, 2019
Would make this again.
As a little girl, my mother Sandra always made this receipe from her Betty Crocker's cookbook. When I was old enough to present, I continued the tradition. I am 58. These sugar cookies are as perfect in taste, texture and more. There are not hard or too soft or dull. They don't even need the frosting to be able to taste the old Christmas charm. Miss you mama. 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Sodus point, NY  Dec 16, 2019
Would make this again.
Best sugar cookie out there! My son and his children love them. 5 stars

  Missy in northern virginia  Dec 7, 2019
Would make this again.
Was in a Betty Crocker cookbook I received in 1966. I have made these cookies in Christmas shapes every since. 5 stars

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