Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

20 December 2014

Ever since I can remember, my cousins and I go over to my grandma’s house to help her bake Christmas cookies. She has a special sugar cookie recipe, handwritten on an old notecard, that she makes every year.

We make other types of cookies too, mostly from Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book, but these sugar cookies are my favorite. They’re fluffy, soft, and pair perfectly with her butter cream icing.

She usually makes a big batch of dough the night before, lets it chill overnight. Then, the next day we roll them out and use cookie cutters to make Santa Claus, Rudolph, Christmas trees, angels, stars, candlesticks, and snowmen to celebrate Christmas in our family. Use whatever cookie cutters you want to celebrate your own traditions <3.

Then, we mix up whatever color of frosting we want that year, and spend all afternoon decorating! Each cookie ends up being unique. Decorating was always my favorite part as a kid, mostly because of my sugar tooth. I usually walk away covered in frosting because I can’t help eating the warm and frosty broken cookies as we go.

It’s my favorite Christmas activity, and we’ve been doing it ever since I can remember!

Here we are in my Grandma’s very, very orange kitchen in the 90s. It brings back so much nostalgia! And yes, you guessed it, that’s me on the left eating frosting.

It’s the perfect holiday family activity for you and your little ones, and I promise you will make a batch of memories! Happy holidays!


Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

Course Dessert


  • 1 lb shortening like Oleo
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 7 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 8 teaspoons baking powder
  • cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla


  • Combine ingredients in a mixer. Form dough into a ball, then chill in refrigerator a few hours or overnight.
  • Cut out using cookie cutters. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 400°F for about 6-8 minutes.
  • Decorate as desired with sprinkles and butter cream icing.

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