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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

December 10, 2011

It has been alleged that I go slightly overboard with the holidays.  Ok, so most of the allegations come from my dear Gramma who gets tired out just coming to the dinner, but she wasn’t always that way.  No, we have countless pictures of her standing proudly over her perfectly dressed table layered with starched linens, sparkling china, and scrumptious food.  So I laugh when she scolds me and think back on the countless amazing holidays she did solely for us kids 🙂

My Gramma gave me this recipe.  It was her Gramma’s (so that would make it my great-great grammas…pretty cool…at least I think so 🙂 ) and these were made every Christmas.  It just wasn’t Christmas without them.  But beyond the nostalgia behind them, they are really a simple, tasty holiday treat that’s easy to have around for when friends (with or without kids!) come to visit.  They are not too sweet and have just a hint of cinnamon and a delightful sugar crunch on top and making them is a breeze!  Unlike a lot of sugar cookies, these don’t need refrigeration in between steps.  You simply make them, roll them, sprinkle them and pop them in the oven!

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
Yields about 2 dozen cookies


2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg white
colored sugar or non pareils for decorating


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F).  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.  In a medium mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter on medium speed of an electric mixer for about 2 minutes.  Add in sugar and continue to beat until creamy.  Add in eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl in between each addition.  Add all the flour mixture at once and stir it with a (purple) spoon until it looks crumbly and a lot of the flour has been incorporated.  Switch  back to the electric mixer and beat on medium speed for another 20 seconds or so until the flour is completely combined and the batter looks moist again.

3. Divide the dough in half and pat each half into a disc.  Generously flour a clean work surface and placing a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the dough, roll out to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut into desired shapes and place the shaped dough onto the lined baking sheets.  Repeat until all the dough is used, you can re-roll the scraps.  Brush the tops of the cutout dough with the egg white and sprinkle with non-pareils or colored sugar.  Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the middle of the cookies are puffed and the edges are slightly turing golden brown.  These are somewhat hard to tell when they are done because if you wait until all the edges are golden they will be super crispy when cooled so just don’t wait until then!  Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2011 10:23 am

    Good one and I will bake a batch this week. I really like that it doesn’t have to be refrigerated.

  2. December 10, 2011 11:44 am

    Just lovely! One of our family’s favorites 🙂

  3. December 10, 2011 3:45 pm

    My grandmother used to overdo it every year as well! I miss it like crazy, but I too follow in her footsteps and make way more food than any one human being needs to consume in one sitting!

  4. alyssa permalink
    December 11, 2011 7:05 am

    Great recipe to hand down! Grandma’s are the best!

  5. December 11, 2011 11:30 am

    These look incredibly good. I love sugar cookies. One of my personal faves.

  6. December 11, 2011 1:35 pm

    I love a good old homemade sugar cookie! These are so cute and perfect for the season!

  7. December 11, 2011 1:45 pm

    Sometimes a simple sugar cookie is just the thing. 🙂 Great recipe!

  8. December 11, 2011 6:32 pm

    these look delicious. Family recipes are the best 🙂

  9. December 12, 2011 5:57 am

    Great recipe! I like the way you did the tops, not a thick icing just a light egg wash and sprinkles. Sugar cookies are definitely a requirement for the holiday season. Yum!

  10. December 12, 2011 6:49 am

    Congratulations on Top 9!

  11. December 12, 2011 9:43 am

    Do you taste the cinnamon? My kids might balk at that one. Great recipe though!

  12. Jeannine permalink
    December 12, 2011 2:15 pm

    I want to make these for Christmas, but after reading and rereading the recipe, I never saw what the temperature is suppose to be. I found some other recipes and they all varied between 325 – 375, Thanks

    • December 12, 2011 3:04 pm

      omg! I’m so sorry about that! the temp is 350 for 10-12 minutes. the funny part is that the original hand written recipe that my grandmother gave me doesn’t have a temp either 🙂 I’ve just been doing 350 and it works! thanks for pointing that out to me and good luck!

  13. Teri permalink
    December 12, 2011 9:15 pm

    This sounds a lot like my grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe. The way to tell they’re done is that when the tops are still white but the bottoms are just barely starting to go brown, that’s when they’re done.

  14. December 13, 2011 12:33 pm

    I love the addition of cinnamon! My kind of cookies…

  15. December 13, 2011 4:51 pm

    Nothing says Christmas so much as sugar cookies. These are always the first out when the Holiday baking starts and just one bite puts you right in the holiday mood! Nice adding the cinnamon…


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