Not Your Mama's Sugar Cookie

Terry Brooks


Received this recipe from a friend 37 years ago. I have tweaked it a little, now it's my husband and son's favorite Christmas cookie.


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  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
    anise extract
  • 1 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 3 c
    all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, cold
  • 1/4 c
  • 3 c
    powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp
    anise extract
  • 2 tsp
    pure vanilla extract

How to Make Not Your Mama's Sugar Cookie


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Then cream together sugar and shortening til fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla, & anise. Set Aside
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, & salt.
  3. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture. Mix well.
  4. Roll out to 1/4" thickness. Use cookie cutters and place on cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 7-8 min. Frost when cool.
  5. For Frosting: Melt together the 2 T butter, & 1/4 C milk, then add the 3 C powdered sugar and
    2 t.anise and 2 t. vanilla. Beat together til creamy. Frost cookies quickly and use colored sprinkles.

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About Not Your Mama's Sugar Cookie

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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