Cracked Sugar Cookies

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Recipe: #4235

January 21, 2012

"This recipe is from the "Better Homes and Gardens Complete Book of Baking". It is one of my favorites, especially hot out of the oven...they melt in your mouth! Yum. It is very important to mix the dry ingredients separately from the batter so that the baking soda and cream of tartar don't get wet until the last minute before baking. It's a chemical reaction that doesn't last long. Try these! "

Original recipe yields 48 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (11 g)
  • Calories 59.6
  • Total Fat - 4.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 0.3 mg
  • Sodium - 46.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 4.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.1 g
  • Sugars - 0.1 g
  • Protein - 0.6 g
  • Calcium - 9.5 mg
  • Iron - 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

In large bowl, beat butter and shortening on high for 30 seconds or until softened.

Step 2

Add sugar and vanilla and beat until combined.

Step 3

Beat in the egg yolks.

Step 4

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together, flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat into wet mixture.

Step 5

Shape into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Step 6

Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes or until tops are just slightly cracked and sides are set. Don't let edges brown or they won't be soft!

Step 7

Transfer to wire rack to cool. These are best hot out of the oven...melt in your mouth butter and sugar YUM! They will become more crispy/crumbly as they cool, but are still delicious. You can microwave them for a few seconds to bring back the softness. Place in an airtight container. Can store at room temperature for up to 3 days. May freeze up to 1 month. Thaw for 15 minutes before serving if frozen.

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These are tasty cookies I made for my hubby who has a huge sweet tooth. He enjoyed these and preferred them cold and crispy ;) The timing on these was spot on! Made for the Billboard Recipe Tag Game.

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(24 Feb 2013)


I love sugar cookies and I have only made the traditional kind. These looked so good I had to give them a try. It's funny how the center cracks as they bake and cool. I sprinkled the tops with sugar and cinnamon as they came out of the oven. Deeeeelicious!!! Thank you for posting this one T. It's a winner all the way to the cookie jar! Linda

(25 Sep 2012)


I made these with my daughter and they came out so good. She wanted to frost them and decorate them so that's what we did. They looked a little funny but they sure tasted good! We will make them again.

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(29 May 2012)