These melt-in-your-mouth sugar gems are a yummy, easy alternative to traditional sugar cookies. No rolling out the dough required!

Another stellar recipe from The Sister’s Cafe – these cookies are delicious!

A yummy alternative to traditional sugar cookies, these are easier because you don’t have to roll out the dough and cut out with cookie cutters.

Stack of sugar cookies on a black plate.

You simply roll into balls and flatten with a glass and sugar.

The texture is soft and melts in your mouth.

These are fantastic with or without frosting. Yum!

Top view of a sugar cookie.
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Sugar Gems

4.78 stars (22 ratings)


Cream together:

  • 1 cup (114 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (212 g) sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup (227 g) butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 5 cups (710 g) flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • 2-2 ½ cups (228 to 285 g) powdered sugar
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons almond, vanilla, or coconut flavoring, (I used coconut flavoring and it was delicious)
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • Coloring if wanted


  • Mix all ingredients well. Roll into golf size balls and place on cookie sheets. Flatten with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes. Cool and frost with sugar gem frosting.
  • For the frosting, mix well and add a little more milk or powdered sugar to get the right consistency.
Serving: 1 Cookie, Calories: 395kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 218mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 26g

Recipe Source: from The Sister’s Cafe