Granny's Sugar Cookies

Amy Herald


This recipe originally comes from the 1941 edition of the Lily Wallace New American Cookbook, which my Great Grandmother (we called her Granny) made a lot of recipes from. Its an amazing cook book! We have made a few variations to the recipe over the years. The original recipe calls for grated orange rhine, but we didn't have any once so my mom substituted orange juice instead and it gave them a little extra something. We've been making them this way ever since! Also, the original recipe calls for 1 1/4 cups of sugar. I use 1 1/2 cups. Anyways, they are sure tasty either way! Enjoy!


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2 dozen cookies
15 Min
15 Min


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2/3 c
1 1/2 c
3 c
all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp
2 tsp
baking powder
2 Tbsp
orange juice (instead of rhind)
icing, (optional) recipe follows
sugar topping or sprinkles (optional)


2 1/2 c
powdered sugar
3 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
butter, softened
1 Tbsp
light corn syrup
1/2 tsp
vanilla or almond extract
food color, if desired

How to Make Granny's Sugar Cookies


  • 1Cream Shortening, sugar, and eggs together until light and foamy.
  • 2Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together.
  • 3Mix flour mixture with egg mixture; add orange juice.
    Mix until smooth. (If mixture is dry add a small amount of cold water to moisten)
  • 4Chill then roll and cut with cookie cutters. Bake on a cookie sheet for 5-6 minutes at 350.
  • 6Combine powdered sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon butter, corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in small mixer bowl; mix until powdered sugar is moistened.
  • 7Beat at medium speed until smooth, adding additional milk if necessary, to reach desired glazing consistency. Tint with food color, if desired.

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About Granny's Sugar Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies, Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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