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Category: Cookies
Recipe Created By: Karen Farr

Sugar Cookies

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1 cup margarine
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs OR
1/3 cup applesauce (optional)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar (omit if using applesauce) (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups flour
Flour for rolling


With an electric mixer, mix the margarine and sugar together until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs (or applesauce). Mix until blended.

Sift dry ingredients together and gradually blend into creamed mixture. You may have to hand stir in the final cup of flour. Chill dough for 1 hour.

On a flour-covered surface, roll dough with a floured rolling pin to about 3/16" thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and bake on non-stick cookie sheets at 350 °F for 10-12 minutes or until the edges show a slight golden color.

Remove immediately to a waxed paper covered surface to cool. Makes about 3 dozen.

Frost as desired.


Makes a nice, not overly sweet cookie that can be eaten frosted or plain.


Can be egg-free by subbing applesauce. When using applesauce instead of egg, omit the cream of tartar. Cream of tartar is added to activate the baking soda if eggs are used.

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You can make these as pumpkin spice cookies by using canned pumpkin instead of applesauce plus 2 tablespoons of water, and a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Great for fall holidays!

Kathy P - KFA Admin 12/19/2018 5:59:26 PM

Michelle - that sound delish! Thanks for sharing that tip!

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