My Grandma’s Sugar Cookie Recipe

I first shared this recipe on the blog close to five years ago but thought we should bring it to life once again as we head into a long holiday season at home. This recipe is a long time family favorite, not only has my grandma been making them for us for as long as I can remember, but I found this same handwritten recipe in my great grandma’s recipe box over the summer. We love making dozens and dozens of cookies, freezing some even to save for later, and then letting the kids have all the fun decorating. It is always one of the most magical days of our holiday season!

I hope they bring comfort & joy to your family for years to come!

Sugar Cookies
Cream together: 1 Cup Sugar, 2 Sticks Softened Butter. Add: 2 Eggs, 4 Tablespoons Cream (Half & Half), a smidgeon of Vanilla. Mix Together. Then Add: 3 Cups Flour, 2 tsp Baking Powder, 1 tsp Baking Soda. Mix well (I used my hands here). Refrigerate dough at least two hours. Roll, cut & bake at 350 degrees for about 6-7 min.

Buttercream Frosting
1 stick softened, salted butter
2 cups powdered sugar (keep extra on hand if you need to thicken at the end)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup of whole milk
Combine all ingredients in a bowl & blend with a hand mixer. Add more powdered sugar as needed.

Also to add, sometimes I don’t wait the full two hours (because I’m impatient and a rule breaker). I like to roll them out pretty thin, if they’re thicker they will take longer in the oven, if they’re really thin, the last batches will only take about 5-6 minutes in the oven!

If you’ve already been making this recipe or try it for the first time this year, please share in the comments or tag me on Instagram @jlgarvin, it makes my day every time I see them! XO






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