Grandma's Sugar Cookie Recipe
By Bob Sherman
I would like to share my all time favorite cookie recipe with you. I am not sure of the original source of this recipe, but from what I understand my Grandmother made these during most of her life so it likely dates back 100 years or so. At any rate, I grew up with these and have fond memories of cookie day with my mom as a child when we would make these all day long.
I now make these myself and even use some of my grandmother's cookie cutters and cookie jar.
- 3/8 cup butter (room temperature)
- 3/8 cup soft shortening (I use butter flavor Crisco®, but this recipe predates that so regular shortening may be used)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or lemon extract (I prefer the imitation vanilla extract for these)
- 2 1/2 cups flour (all purpose)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
Wet mix - Cream together the butter, shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Dry mix - Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
While blending add the dry mix to the wet mix a little at a time until fully blended.
Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. This will make it easier to roll out.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick.
Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and transfer them to an un greased cookie sheet.
Decorate as desired.
Bake until edges are lightly browned (6 -8 minutes).
Allow to sit on the sheet for 1 minute after removing from the oven, then use a spatula to transfer to cooling racks. Note: we never had cooling racks and used to place these atop bath towels spread out on a table to cool. So if you don't have cooling racks try that.
Hints And Tips
Always bake these one sheet at a time.
Always allow the cookie sheets to cool before placing more cookies on it.
Edible glitter makes a great topping.
Non-Pareils look great on these as well.
Chocolate sprinkles are a personal favorite.
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Author: Bob Sherman
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