Good Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Good Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Mary Leonard


Baking cookies, especially around the holidays, is a tradition in my family. I got this recipe from one of my sisters years ago. This recipe will make about 3 dozen cookies.

Just a couple of tips if you aren't familiar with making rolled cookies:

The dough needs to be chilled for easier handling.
Use as little flour as possible when rolling it out.
When rolling and cutting, use only a portion of the dough at a time; leave the rest in the refrigerator until you are ready to roll and cut the next batch for baking.
When rolling, start from the center out towards the edges; after a few gentle rolling strokes check to see if the dough is sticking. If it is, sprinkle a little more flour under and on top of dough.


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  • 1/2 c
    unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp
    lemon extract or lemon peel
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp
  • ·
    sugar for sprinkling (optional)

How to Make Good Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies


  1. Beat butter until creamy and light.
  2. Beat in sugar until mixture is creamed. Add egg and beat. Add vanilla and lemon(extract or peel, whichever you prefer) and nutmeg.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture and mix until blended.
  4. Chill, covered, in freezer for about 30 minutes or in refrigerator for 2 - 3 hours.
  5. Roll out a portion of dough carefully on floured board to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes.
  6. Place on greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes.
  8. Let cool on pan for a couple of minutes, then remove to rack to cool completely.

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About Good Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: For Kids

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