Monday, January 20, 2014

Grandma's Favorite Sugar Cookie

I've shared before about Gram's Coconut Crisps that we were always treated to when visiting Gram and Gramp. Today, I am sharing the Favorite Sugar Cookie that we always had when we visited my Grandma. It was always fun that both grandmothers cooked different types of cookies, so there was always a different treat waiting! My grandma, almost always, had this sugar cookie on hand. Once in a while she would have a different cookie, or she would be out and we would get to help her bake some. Always a treat!

I haven't had this cookie in YEARS! I was so surprised when reviewing the church cookbook, that Grandma gave me when I was 5 years old, to find her name next to a recipe for sugar cookies. That had to be her signature cookie. Mine are missing her years of expertise, but this was definitely her recipe, and I am so happy to have it in my collection! Grandma's sugar cookie is a crisp cookie, with just the faintest hint of lemon. Perfect with a cup of tea!

Grandma's Favorite Sugar Cookie

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp lemon extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
Nonpareils, optional or other seasonal sprinkles

In large mixing bowl, add powdered sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, butter, egg and vanilla. Mix until all ingredients are combined. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.  Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, mixing until all ingredients are combined.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  Scoop dough using a small cookie scoop, roll dough into balls, then roll in remaining granulated sugar.  Place on baking sheet several inches apart.  Flatten ball with fork that has been dipped in sugar. Sprinkle with nonpareils.  Bake about 13-15 minutes or until edges are a just turning a very light tan.

Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.

Sharing this at:
Treasure Box Tuesday
Weekend Potluck 
Simple Supper Tuesday


  1. Looks great! Isn't it great to get passed down recipes? They're always the best! I love the hint of lemon in these cookies! Pinned! :)

  2. grandmas have the best recipes. :)

  3. Mmmm delicious! And they look so pretty, too. They would be fun to decorate in all different seasons. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. These are very similar to the Amish sugar cookies I made about a week ago -- I think the powdered sugar in the recipe makes them especially addictive.

  5. Thanks for sharing your Grandma's Sugar Cookie recipe. This sounds delish. I'm dropping by from Treasure Box Tuesdays and pinning this!

  6. Yummy! I am pinning this. Thank you for sharing. :-)

  7. They look delicious, Kris. I never tried making them with powdered sugar, but I will be making these for Valentine's day :)

  8. Oh, Kris, you know I love these- I'm so glad you have some of your Grandmother's recipes and can share them with us. I love the way you decorated them. Thank you so much for sharing these at Treasure Box Tuesday! ♥

  9. That brought back memories of a sugar cookie my grandma used to make. She used to keep them in a crock on the basement steps and we would sneak into them hoping she wouldn't notice!! I can almost taste them..... I should see if anyone in the family has that recipe.

  10. I love this Kris - your photos are perfect too! There really is such a wonderful gift in a recipe that's been handed down from generation to generation. I know there is a lot of love in this! :) Have a great day my friend! :)