Homemade for the Holidays #27: Sugar Cookies


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This is our favorite sugar cookie recipe!  One of my fondest holiday memories is going over to my grandparent’s home and making sugar cookies with Grandpa.  He had so much patience with us…as we dribbled frosting everywhere, licked our fingers, accidentally dipped the sprinkle bottle in the frosting when decorating the frosted cookies, and just plain made a mess!  But we had fun and I have many happy memories of those time.

Now I like to make sugar cookies with my own kids!  Here is the recipe we always use.  This year I used freshly ground hard white wheat flour in the cookies and they still tasted delicious!

Make up a batch of these, arrange some on cookie plates and deliver to your neighbors!  They will love it!

Happy baking!

Sugar Cookies

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Mix powdered sugar, margarine, vanilla, almond extract and egg.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Divide dough into halves.  Roll each half 3/16 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered board.  Cut into desired shapes.  Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake until edges are light brown, 7-8 minutes.

Once cookies are completely cool, frost and decorate!  Decorating is the best part!  Be creative!  For decorating, once you have frosted the cookies, use mini marshmallows, mini M&M’s, mini chocolate chips, as well as sprinkles to really decorate your cookies!  Your kids will have the most fun – mine do!

Yield:  About 5 dozen 2 ½-inch cookies.


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