Friday, December 16, 2011

Grandma's Sugar Cookies!

Dear friends, I have decided to share with you the most delicious recipe for sugar cookies. Ever. This might just be my biased opinion though. I think possibly multiple times every Christmas I have eaten/decorated/baked these cookies. They have just become known as "Grandma's cookies" because, you guessed it, that's where the recipe came from. They are the perfect texture- soft but can hold up to being decorated and stay good for quite awhile.

I would like to point out that they contain shortening, which I pretty much avoid using completely. But I figure once a year isn't really that big of a deal... so enjoy!!

The Best Sugar Cookies
Makes 3-4 dozen
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4-6 tbsp milk
  • Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs together
  • In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, and salt
  • Add dry ingredients to wet, alternating with the milk. ( I think I usually end up using all 6 tbsp of milk, you just want the dough to be wet enough to come together in a big clump)
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (the colder it is, the easier it is to roll out)
  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface and get out the cookie cutters!
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. I usually go for 8 minutes and take them out when there is barely a hint of tan on the edges ( I like them soft!)
  • Decorate!!!! 
p.s. I used this frosting recipe, it is awesome. It's really easy to use and the tops dry to a nice smooth finish, so you can stack them up and not have a frosting mess. 


  1. In the midst of my baking marathon, I am definitely going to have to make these. They look wonderful! xx

  2. oh so perfect! i'm going to try them for sure.
    please check out my blog too!

  3. these look delicious! i'm definitely going to have to try them out. i've been looking for an icing that dries like that. i hate it when my cookies all stick together!

  4. Oh, lovely! There is nothing better than amazing sugar cookies for Christmas. I must try this!

  5. I'm definitely tucking these away in my recipe stash. Christmas is the perfect time of year to go baking crazy!

  6. Oh my lanta this looks DELISH!!

  7. Have you tried using butter instead of shortening? I wonder if that would work ...

  8. how did you know I was thinking of baking for breakfast?

  9. I love a soft sugar cookie! I also love the colored nonpareils but I wanted to share the "glitter flakes" I use on my sugar cookie trees - I think it makes the trees look like they are lit up! They are made by CK products and I bought it a local kitchen store but online they are here:

    this is an instagram picture of my not-soft sugar cookies so you can see what I am talking about

    I'll remember this recipe for the next time I make sugar cookies!

  10. these look so amazing! i was just thinking i need to bake cookies and i am most surely going to bake these!!

    <3 steffy

  11. My momma made a huge batch of sugar cookies every Christmas for us kids to decorate!! Oh, how I miss that. Even if I have to just buy some store-bought dough for time's sake, I may have to just make a batch, just like old times!

  12. these look so good! i just made some sugar cookies. and then i realized no one in my house likes sugar cookies. and then i ate most of them...haha
    love the pictures though. they are so cute

  13. These cookies look so good, I wish I found this recipe before Christmas :)
    Life is a romantic poem

  14. Ich habe das Rezept ausprobiert!
    Es ist sehr einfach, die Kekse schmecken toll und sehen absolut genial aus.



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