Recipes and Cooking Easy Sugar Cookies 4.5 (15) 1 Reviews This easy sugar cookie recipe can be customized with seven different variations. Butterscotch cookies? Lemon-poppy seed? There's a flavor for everyone with this easy cookie recipe. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on September 30, 2016 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Blaine Moats Prep Time: 35 mins Bake Time: 12 mins Total Time: 47 mins Servings: 48 Yield: 48 cookies Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup shortening 2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar ⅛ teaspoon salt 3 egg yolks ½ teaspoon vanilla 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour Directions Preheat oven to 300°F. In a large bowl beat butter and shortening with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Beat in flour. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are set but not brown. Cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes. Remove; cool on wire racks. Lemon-Poppy Seed Sugar Cookies: Prepare as directed, except before adding sugar, combine sugar and 1 Tbsp. lemon zest in a small bowl. With fingertips, rub lemon zest into sugar until sugar becomes very fragrant. Add 2 Tbsp. poppy seeds with the flour. Spicy Sugar Cookies: Prepare as directed through shaping. In a shallow dish combine 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper. Roll dough balls in sugar mixture before baking. Chai-Clementine Sugar Cookies: Prepare as directed, except add 2 tsp. clementine zest along with the butter and sugar. Add 2 tsp. chai seasoning with the flour. (To make your own chai seasoning, combine 1 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom, 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, and dash ground cloves.) White Chocolate-Pistachio Sugar Cookies: Prepare as directed, except reduce flour to 1 1/3 cups and add 1/3 cup finely ground pistachios and 1/4 cup grated white baking chocolate to the flour mixture. If desired, stir in 2 tsp. cracked pink peppercorns with the flour. After removing from oven, sprinkle with additional finely grated white baking chocolate. Butterscotch Sugar Cookies: Prepare as directed, except omit the cream of tartar. Reduce granulated sugar to 1 cup. Add 1 cup packed brown sugar with granulated sugar. Add 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice with the flour. Lime-Coconut Sugar Cookies: Prepare as directed, except combine the sugar, 1/3 cup toasted coconut, and 2 tsp. lime zest in a food processor. Pulse quickly until coconut is very fine. Add to butter mixture as directed. Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies: Prepare as directed, except substitute 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste for the vanilla. (Or cut one vanilla bean in half lengthwise; scrape the seeds from the pod. Beat seeds into dough with the egg yolks.) To Store: Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 89 Calories 4g Fat 12g Carbs 1g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 48 Calories 89 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 5% Saturated Fat 2g 10% Cholesterol 17mg 6% Sodium 48mg 2% Total Carbohydrate 12g 4% Total Sugars 8g Protein 1g Calcium 3mg 0% Iron 0.2mg 1% Potassium 17mg 0% Folate, total 10mcg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.