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Thick Sugar Cookies

A bit thicker than the norm, this sugar cookie is just like one you might find at a good bakery. My children often request these sweet treats for their birthdays and are always happy to help me decorate. —Heather Biedler, Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Assorted colored nonpareils, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, egg yolks and extracts. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Shape into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake until edges begin to brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat confectioners’ sugar, butter, shortening, extracts and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Spread over cookies. If desired, sprinkle with nonpareils.
Nutrition Facts
1 frosted cookie : 219 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • angelarose46
    Dec 21, 2019

    I have made these sugar cookies for the past four years especially at the holidays and they are great. We prefer a thicker sugar cookie that is soft. These cookies have a good taste and texture to them. I just sprinkle them with different colored sugars before baking. They also freeze well which is a plus for me because I like to bake ahead and have baked goods on hand when needed.

  • Julie
    Nov 28, 2019

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  • Mistra1980
    Dec 19, 2018

    I made these for my son’s fifth grade class for their Christmas treat bags. They turned out great. I did not use the frosting recipe shown above, but instead used a different one for a homemade buttercream frosting. I tinted it green and sprinkled the cookies with red sugar sprinkles. They turned out great. I would make these again!

  • Tamra
    Feb 11, 2018

    Cookie didn't have much flavor. I've had other recipes that were much tastier!

  • Juleechristine
    May 27, 2016

    Easy and delicious

  • papa60
    Aug 10, 2015

    So very good moist cookie an loved the frosting my grandkids loved them

  • Grammy Debbie
    Nov 20, 2013

    A really good cookie, but I have to admit I'm not a fan of the icing. I will definitely use the cookie recipe again, but will stick with just my plain powdered sugar and milk with a little vanilla glaze. I agree the dough is easy to work with and the cookies are very tasty!

  • mom2lauren
    Oct 10, 2013

    This recipe was very easy to work with. My daughter and I rolled the cookies out and cut out Halloween shapes. I started a Wilton Cake decorating course last night and needed to take some plain round cookies to practice on so I cut out a few round ones for the class. They were perfect. My whole family really enjoyed them. This will be my go-to sugar cookie recipe from now on!

  • etzappa
    Sep 18, 2013

    I'm not terribly good at baking, so if I can make these, so can you! They are so simple and always a hit with friends and co-workers.

  • skoal1
    Jun 30, 2013

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