Grandma's Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Grandma's Sugar Cookies Recipe

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This is one of my great-grandmother's recipes that I received years ago from one of my great-aunts. We bake these cookies for holidays and other special occasions. —Kristy Deloach, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:72 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 72 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • ICING:
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • Assorted food coloring and decorations of your choice

Nutritional Facts

1 small cookie (calculated without decorat: 91 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream the sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Add eggs and mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  2. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut shapes with cookie cutters; place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-12 minutes (depending on size) or until light golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, extract and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Tint with food coloring. Decorate cookies as desired. Yield: 6 dozen 2-1/2-inch cookies <i>or</i> 1-1/2 dozen 4-1/4-inch cookies.
Originally published as Grandma's Sugar Cookies in Country Extra March 1994, p49

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Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Good flavor, easy to make, BUT didn't hold their shape at ALL. All the cookies ran together; useless to decorate as the shapes I cut. Waste of time, now I have to make a different recipe this AM. Only make if you don't care how they look."

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"To print without the ad on the side, copy and paste to a word document. Then delete the ad and print."

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"The flour at 3 c. is correct. When you roll out the dough, you use a liberal amount of flour on the board and sprinkle on top so it doesn't stick. The dough works this flour in. If you put more flour in, then roll out on the flour, it will be too much and make a tough cookie. Please remember, in Grandma's day, that was how you made cut-out cookies. I made these and they turned out perfect, using probably 1/4 c. flour on the dough board. They don't last long enough to decorate! Unfortunately I do not have my grandmother's recipe, but this is close -- regardless, they are great!"

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"Could anyone tell me how to print this recipe without the "only 3 ingredients" on the side of the page? It is for the full page size. If you delete the photos it takes it off but it also takes off the picture of the cookies."

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"Sugar cookies are my favorite so I am always comparing recipes. I just made a similar recipe and it was awesome. If you cut down the sugar to 1 cup and use one egg I think it will turn out for you."

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