Grandma Ade's Soft Sugar cookies

Becky Burgess Recipe

By Becky Burgess BBBakes

This is a very old recipe dating back to the 1800's. My grandmother, aunts and my mother made these every year for Christmas to decorate with frosting and again for Valentine's Day. Now my sister and I and even my younger brother make them for our families. My father loved these cookies plain with 2 teaspoons of caraway seeds added to the recipe. They were one of the last things I made for him before he died. I love and miss you very much, Daddy.


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Serves:
3 dozen cookies depending on how you cut them
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Ingredients

2 c
white sugar
1 c
sour milk (use whole milk with a tbls. of vinegar added)
4 large
eggs beaten
5 c
flour
2 tsp
nutmeg
2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
baking soda
2 tsp
vanilla
1/2 tsp
salt
2 tsp
caraway seeds (optional)
1 c
shortening
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Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a large bowl cream together sugar and shortening. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Then add sour milk.
2
Sift together in a large mixing bowl all dry ingredients.
3
Add vanilla to the creamed mixture and gradually add the flour mixture to this.
4
At this point you can now use this dough to make drop cookies if you wish. I sprinkle them with colored sugar or cinnamon and sugar before I bake them. If you want shaped cookies refrigerate the dough covered for 2 hours. Then roll out on a floured surface to 1/3 inch thick. Do this in small batches as adding too much flour in this step will make the cookies tough and bland.
5
Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes on a greased and floured cookie sheet. Cool and frost.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
  • Comments

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    kelly snyder taeboqueen1 - Jul 2, 2011
    when you say sour milk do you mean buttermilk?
  • user
    Gay Folsom gg1945 - Jul 3, 2011
    Shortening?...How much???
  • user
    Becky Burgess BBBakes - Jul 5, 2011
    Sorry for leaving out the amount of shortening! It takes 1 cup. I corrected the recipe.
    also, to sour milk my grandmother always used whole milk and added a tablespoon of vinegar to it. buttermilk would work just fine though, as would adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to the milk.
  • user
    Gay Folsom gg1945 - Jul 5, 2011
    Thank You..