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Mom’s Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies

a plate of sugar cookies decorated with edible blue sprinkles

These are my Mom’s Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies, and they’re the best Christmas cookie! Soft, delicate and so delicious!

It’s day 4 of my Christmas Cookie Extravaganza!  Are your pants tight yet?  😉  Today I bring to you Sugar Cookies!  And not just sugar cookies, but Mom’s Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies!  For me, the holidays just don’t feel like the holidays without these delectable little treats!  Sugar cookies are a must have.  You can always find them on a plate somewhere at every gathering, potluck, or party this time of year!  They’re just that good!

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Delicious!

You may have your own family recipe, but today I’ll share mine!  Just in case you need a new recipe to add to your recipe box! These sugar cookies really are soft and melt-in-your-mouth good!  And um, they’re very low-cal.  Yes. Yes they are…at least that’s what I tell myself this time of year…  😉

a plate of sugar cookies decorated with edible blue sprinkles

Ok, maybe they aren’t low-cal, but they are wonderful for gift giving! And they’re pretty!  That counts right?!

Sugar Cookie Recipe Tips:

  • Flour:  Use all-purpose flour.
  • Powdered Sugar:  Also called confectioner’s or icing sugar.
  • Cream of Tartar:  If you don’t have this, you can use an equal amount of baking powder instead.
  • Refrigerate the dough before baking. Make sure to do this.  These cookies need the resting and cooling time for best baking.
  • Freezing:  These cookies freeze well after they are baked.  I have not frozen the dough, so I’m not sure how that would work, but I would definitely try it…I don’t see why it wouldn’t freeze well.
  • Toppings:  For these cookies I used edible sparkle sprinkles (add them after the cookies have baked and cooled).  You could use regular sprinkles or even coarse sugar instead.
  • Is this a good recipe for cut outs?  No.  This is a drop cookie and the batter will not roll easily for cookie cutting.


Mom’s Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies

These are my Mom’s Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies, and they’re the best Christmas cookie! Soft, delicate and so delicious!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Resting Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookie
  • Method: Baking


  • 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (or canola)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With an electric mixer cream together the butter, oil and sugars.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time.  Then add the vanilla.  Mix until nice and fluffy.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda.
  5. Add the flour mix to the butter mix, and combine until fluffy.
  6. Chill the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes or longer.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
  8. When ready to bake, drop the batter by the tablespoons onto the cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 9-11 minutes, making sure not to let them brown.
  10. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack.
  11. If you like you can decorate your cookies!  Depending on the type of sprinkles you decide to decorate with, you can sprinkle them on before you bake them.  The sprinkles I used here are too delicate for baking so I sprinkled them on after.

Keywords: melt in your mouth sugar cookies, sugar cookies

a plate of sugar cookies decorated with edible blue sprinkles

I hope you are enjoying these Christmas cookie recipes!  I know I’m having fun making/eating them for you!  If you missed my other cookie recipes you can find them here:  Mint Chocolate Chip Blizzard Cookies, Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies and Mincemeat Oatmeal Thumbprints.  Yum.

More of my Favourite Christmas Cookies!

My Best Christmas Cookies {A Pretty Life}

Turtle Cookies
Candy Cane Crumble Nutella Cookies
Whipped Vanilla Shortbread
Peppermint Kiss Sugar Cookies
Brown Sugar Shortbread
Eggnog Icebox Cookies
Jewish Shortbread
Melt-in-your-mouth Sugar Cookies

For more Christmas Cookie recipes, follow my Christmas Cookie board on Pinterest!
Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply
    November 28, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    What type of oil do you use? When you say icing sugar do you mean powered sugar?


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      Alyce (Mimi)
      November 24, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      These look Great!! Can you use this recipe for Cutouts?

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    November 28, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Low Cal, Jo-Anna you are WAY TOO FUNNY girl !!

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    November 28, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Those look pretty and sound yummy! Sugar cookies are my fave 🙂

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    Pretend Chef
    November 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    These look so delicious. Yummy!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    November 29, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    I love these cookies. Sugar cookies are my favorite, especially this time of year.

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    November 29, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    This will be my cookie for a next cookie exchange. Thanks for the recipe!

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    November 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Well, I’m making these, too…:)
    LOVE your beautiful photos…..

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    Dixie n Dottie
    November 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    These look absolutely scrumptious!

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    Ashley @ From Dahlias to Doxies
    November 30, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    These sound amazing!!! I just might have to make some tonight. 🙂

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    November 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    these look great!! I pinned them so I can make them for Hanukkah next week!

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    December 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Just made these. They are so tender and delicate. Love them. I will be gifting some since my husband and I won’t be able to eat all of them.

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    December 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    I made these for my son’s school charity bake sale. They sold like hot cakes, all 2 dozen of them. I even used the blue sprinkles because they look so festive. Very easy to make for a non-baker like myself.

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    Sandi M
    December 13, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Oh my yummyfulness! I am making these with my teen daughter as I write. They are so good that we’re not sure there will be any left for the 30 people coming to her party. Hands down the best sugar cookie I’ve ever had. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    December 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    I’ve been making these for years…I use a spiral shaped whisk and press down on the cookie before I bake them…it leaves a swirl indentation and then I add the color sugar which gets caught in the spiral. Just made these this afternoon for my cookie exchange!

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    Alyce Heidt
    February 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Can you make this dough in a roll and cut (or use a cookie cutter)? Also, instead of the oil can you use shortening?
    I am looking for a melt in your mouth sugar cookie, but with a crispness to it. Also, a kind of fondant type icing. Do you
    know of a recipe like that? Can’t wait to try them!! 🙂

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    October 2, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I used a specific recipe for sugar cookies when I made them for my husband, but sadly, I can’t remember the measurements and I can’t find the recipe (we moved across country). This is similar to my previous recipe and I hope it tastes just as great!

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    November 10, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Love this <3 This is a recipe that we have been using for as long as I can remember, but we have always called them Mrs Gusse's melt in your mouth sugar cookies. I have no idea who Mrs.Gusse is, but this is THE ONLY COOKIE I make at Christmas time.

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    November 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Happy I stopped by Jo-Anna, love your photos, love your new Profile photos, and love the recipe. I have been busy, but watching from afar.

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      November 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Hi Cindy! It’s so nice to hear from you! I always love to read your comments! I hope you are doing well!

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    December 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    I mixed these up and the dough looked more like cake batter. Is it supposed to be that wet? I added more flour to make it more doughy. Hope I didn’t just ruin them!

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      December 3, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      Hi Haley! I’m sorry I missed your question earlier! The batter shouldn’t be wet like that…not sure what happened? Did you end up baking them? How did they turn out?

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        December 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        I made these and my dough was wet also. However, once regrigerated, it was fine. They turned out Delish!!! I will definately be making these again!! Thank you for sharing your recipe!! 🙂

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    December 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Help! My cookies did not flatten out like yours at all. Instead they look like mounds or small hills! Any thoughts on what I did wrong? They taste amazing though. Just don’t look like yours 🙁

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      December 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Hi Alanna! I’m so sorry I missed your e-mail…I don’t know how that happened!! Did you end up figuring it out? I’m not sure why they would be little mounds…maybe too much flour?

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      December 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Thanks for getting back to me. I didn’t try them again but I had the same problem with a chocolate chip cookie recipe about a week later. Figured out my oven was running a bit hot. Adjusted things and got the choc chip cookies to turn out (on the third batch

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    trisha lawson
    December 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    do you use plain flour or self rising flour

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      December 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Hi Trisha! I just use plain flour! Happy Baking!

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    February 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    These are sooo good! My search for the perfect sugar cookie is over. Have you ever tried to freeze the dough? If so, any tips? Thanks!

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    July 22, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Hands down the best cookie I have ever tasted! I made these to bring to my daughters room when she has her baby girl, and I am sure all who taste them will love them and want the recipe. Thx.

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      July 22, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Yay! I’m so happy that you enjoyed them! They really are delicious aren’t they!

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    Ms.Cooking Wizard
    December 6, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    OMG !!!!!!! just made these Melt in your mouth sugar cookies for my Dept. carry in .they are Outstanding ……Thanks for such a great sugar cookie ….

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    Cathy culley
    December 23, 2018 at 7:43 PM

    What if you eliminate the cream of tartar, does is make a huge difference

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    February 15, 2021 at 7:40 PM

    I tried this recipe and did not like it!! I don’t kno where I went wrong or what! But I think it’s too much oil because there was oil sitting on top of the cookie dough. THEN I put the my dough on the cookie sheet, with parchment paper, they started to spread and oil coming out the cookie while baking!! Idk but I probably won’t make again

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      February 16, 2021 at 11:19 AM

      Oh that is strange, I have never had that happen and I’ve made them dozens and dozens of times.

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    Maureen Racicot
    December 1, 2021 at 4:27 PM

    Best sugar cookie recipe – I chilled out hem for about 4 hours andI flattened with parchment paper and added sprinkles – love them

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