My grandma made some amazing sugar cookies in her day. Awhile ago, when I needed to make something simple and a little extra fun, my mom immediately recommended this recipe for special sugar cookies.
I think they have that little bit of pizzazz because they’re soft and moist, and have the sweet addition of almond extract. Add some colored sugar on top and you have something memorable and simple…and perfect with milk for the kids or tea for the grownups. YUM.
One word of warning: these are not instant gratification cookies. You won’t be able to eat them until the day after you mix up the dough. Still, it’s really simple and worth the wait!
Grandma's Easy Sugar Cookies
Soft, sweet, and simple! They require overnight refrigeration.
- 1 C. sugar
- 1 C. powdered sugar
- 1 C. margarine
- 1 C. oil
- 2 eggs well beaten
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 5 1/4 C. flour
- 1 bottle of decorating sugar (optional)
In a large bowl, cream both kinds of sugar and margarine. Add beaten eggs. Stir in oil and flavorings.
In a smaller bowl, mix dry ingredients together.
Blend with the wet ingredients.
Cover and refrigerate the dough overnight.
Form into balls and dip in granulated sugar or colored decorating sugar.
Place on a baking sheet. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass dipped in decorating or granulated sugar.
Bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes. Do not over-bake, so they stay moist and soft.
oven temp: 350
You can find this same recipe as well as tips for sharing God’s love through food in a guest post I wrote at my friend Sue’s blog, Welcome Heart. Sue has a fabulous blog all about faith and hospitality.
If you’re like me and just a tad hesitant to bake with your kiddos, this recipe is a great place to start. I actually like that it splits up the fun between two days, and your preschooler will love re-discovering the dough you made the day before and turning them into a special treat.
This is a great recipe to make and share with others, because it makes four dozen! Whether it’s for May Day, a birthday, potluck, or blessing someone who could use a smile topped with sugar…make them and share them, too!