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Monday, August 16, 2010

Grandma's Sugar Cookies

My grandma made the best sugar cookies, but her recipe makes close to a million cookies. Ok, that may be a slight exaggeration, but it makes a LOT of cookies! I've always said that I was going to downsize the recipe, but never got around to it until just recently. This scaled down recipe made 2 dozen 3" cookies and they are just like grandma's (minus the raisin that she always added to the center of each cookie).

Grandma's Sugar Cookies

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour

In a large bowl cream the shortening and the sugar. Add the egg, vanilla, and milk. In a medium bowl mix the dry ingredients with a wire whisk. Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl. Mix until well combined. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll the dough (half at a time) to 1/4" thick. With floured cookie cutter, cut into shapes. Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with sugar and if desired, add a raisin to the center of each cookie. Bake 8 minutes or until very light brown at the edges. Let stand on cookie sheets for two minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.


Quilting Queen said...

Hey, Susan, thanks for posting such a great recipe. My DH and I have been looking for a great sugar cookie recipe and this is it. Thanks again...

Stephanie Hughes said...

Susan, thanks for the recipe. Sugar cookines are my son's favorite cookies. I have three away at college and I think theses will be easy to make to send to the kids in about 4 weeks when they start to get home sick for my cooking! Thanks, Stephanie

marlene@ByTheSeam said...

Yummie! My Mom used to make some good ones too.

Tudy said...

My grandma did the same thing to her sugar cookies. I always loved them the best and now my grandkids love to make the rool out cookies when they come to my house.

Melinda said...

I can't wait to try your recipe. Sugar cookies are one of my favorites (my absolute favorite is shortbread) and these sound easy to make.

Anonymous said...

Now we have the cooler weather it's been baking time here too. Great recipe.

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Joanne Lendaro said...

Those look super yummy!

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

I have just tried out your zucchine bread and it was ever so scrummy!!, must try these out now...

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

It's just like my mom's recipe. She used a 4" cookie cutter, so the recipe didn't make as many; but we sure loved those huge cookies.

Millie said...

Those cookies look jummy and thanks for sharing the recipe. Sugar cookies are the best!

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