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Grandma's Sugar Cookies Recipe

Grandma's Sugar Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD:72 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 small cookie (calculated without decorations): 91 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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Christine User ID: 9144498 268072
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2017

"Would use flour on your rolling surface a little at a time- you don't want tough cookies. Chilling the cookies for about 10 minutes after you cut them out helps them retain their shape too,"

rebelene57 User ID: 7203857 41882
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."

CarlyCooker User ID: 6964040 9032
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."

sullivantx User ID: 4141270 39998
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!"

terriv17 User ID: 5733673 37980
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."

angelnurse2 User ID: 6483985 11937
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."

darlene_Mart User ID: 6836804 14878
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"I used the recipe with the 3 cups of flour and the cookies did not hold their shape. The dough was chilled the night before. Cookies taste great but do not hold their shape? Is there a mistake in recipe?"

KScales User ID: 3262967 11930
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"We have reviewed this recipe again and increased the flour to 3 cups. It has been corrected on the recipe. That will help the cookies keep their shape better. We apologize for the error.

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diananimagoo User ID: 4474197 40542
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"this cookie spreads way to much and it make for an ugly cookie I don't know how it made it to this sight!!"

Carolyn_Joyce User ID: 4964497 16152
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"These cookies have a great taste but they do not hold their shape while baking. It was disappointing. Have you tried these in your test kitchen. Would like to know if they worked for you."

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