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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!

If you’re looking for a sugar cookie that really does melt in your mouth, this is it! These cookies are rich and so flavourful, they’ll quickly become a favourite! There’s a reason this recipe is one of my site’s most popular recipes! For me, the holidays just don’t feel like the holidays without these delectable little treats.

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FANTASTIC recipe!! I will use this one again and again. Thank you!
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Mom's Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies

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

Perfect for gift giving and sharing!

Who doesn’t love to receive homemade cookies during the holiday season?! These pretty (and delicious) cookies make a great gift. Wrap them up in some festive parchment paper, and gift them to friends, family, neighbours or teachers. They’re also great for potlucks.


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. This cookie doughs needs at least 1 hour cooling time for best baking.
  • 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 frosting? I don’t think so because the cookies are so delicate.
  • Is this a good recipe for cut outs?  No. This is a drop cookie and the batter will not roll easily for cookie cutting. If you’re looking for a recipe for cut outs, this one is great!
  • Storage: Keep these cookies in an airtight container.
  • 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.
a plate of sugar cookies decorated with edible blue sprinkles

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
  • Chilling Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookie
  • Method: Baking


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  • 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 F.
  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 whisk together the flour, salt, cream of tartar and baking soda.
  5. Add the flour mix to the butter mix, and combine until fluffy.
  6. Chill dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour or longer.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment 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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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!! 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

    1. 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?

      1. 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!! 🙂

  9. 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 🙁

    1. 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?

    2. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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

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

  14. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure how these were going to turn out when I saw the consistency of the cookie dough when I was finished putting the ingredients together. But after chilling the dough and baking, I have found my husband’s and my new favorite cookie!! Just eating these plain is even awesome…light texture and not too sweet. This is being added to my recipe collection. Thank you for sharing!!