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!

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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!

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

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…  😉

Mom's Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies {A Pretty Life}

Ok, maybe they aren’t low-cal, but they are wonderful for gift giving!

And they’re pretty!  That counts right?!



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!



  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup oil, canola or vegetable
  • 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. 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. Let the dough rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes 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. 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.

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

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
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Have a delicious day!
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  • Reply Tonya November 28, 2012 at 1:55 PM

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


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

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

  • Reply Cindy November 28, 2012 at 2:12 PM

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

  • Reply Ali November 28, 2012 at 3:55 PM

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

  • Reply Pretend Chef November 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    These look so delicious. Yummy!

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

    You’ve got a teensy oops in your EasyRecipe. I suspect you’ve opened it in the HTML view and then didn’t re-save it in visual. If you cut and paste it back in, it should work just fine. If not, ask for some help.

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

  • Reply Aimee 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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  • Reply bj November 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM

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

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

    These look absolutely scrumptious! Would love if you’d join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Happy weekend! 🙂

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

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

  • Reply Stacy November 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

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

  • Reply Amanda 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.

  • Reply Lisa 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.

  • Reply 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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  • Reply JKo 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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  • Reply 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!! 🙂

  • Reply Mandy 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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  • Reply Katie 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.

  • Reply Cindy 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.

    • Reply Jo-Anna 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!

  • Reply Kelly Stephens November 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna! I just made these and love them! Is it alright if I feature them on my blog?


  • Reply Haley 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!

    • Reply Jo-Anna 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?

      • Reply Jae 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!! 🙂

  • Reply Alanna 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 🙁

    • Reply Jo-Anna 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?

    • Reply Alanna 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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  • Reply trisha lawson December 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    do you use plain flour or self rising flour

    • Reply Jo-Anna December 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

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

  • Reply Sarah 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!

  • Reply renee 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.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife 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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    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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    How many dozen does this make??

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    How many cookies will this recipe make?

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

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