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Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe

This sugar cookie recipe has been handed down in my family for at least four generations. It's easy, traditional, and will make your home smell like the holidays any time of the year! They can be rolled out to be cut with cookie cutters or dropped by spoonfuls for a truly old-fashioned sugar cookie.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Refrigeration for use with cookie cutters: 2 hrs
Servings: 24 Makes 2 1/2 - 3 dozen depending on size of cookie cutter or dropped scoop
Calories: 218kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 ⅓ cup sugar
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla - (1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring - optional)
Instructions
Instructions
  • In a medium size bowl, combine flour, soda, and salt. (I received a mixing tool from my kids for my birthday one year and I have to say I never want to be without it!)
  • In a medium size mixing bowl cream sugars and butter together.
  • Add eggs one at a time until well blended.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients, mixing well.  Add vanilla while mixing. Mix just until all ingredients are well combined.
To Roll Dough For Use With Cookie Cutters:
  • Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours.
  • Then separate the dough into two equal balls (as close as you can get to it)
  • You can lightly dust the rolling surface with flour but I prefer to place the dough ball between two sheets of parchment paper and roll it out. Roll dough to 1/4″ thickness.
  • Cut with cookie cutters and repeat until all the dough is used. Shape and bake any “scrap” pieces of dough after you have cut your cookies.
To Make An Old-Fashioned Dropped Sugar Cookie (my preferred method)
  • Scoop out a well-rounded teaspoon (like you stir tea or coffee with) of dough.
  • Roll it into a ball.  
  • Place each ball onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and use the smooth, flat bottom of a glass or other object to pat out flat. I use a wooden spoon or my fingers.  
Baking Directions:
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F for 15 minutes
  • Place your baking rack in the middle of the oven and put the cookie sheet in.
  • Bake until the edges are golden brown. In my gas oven, this is around 9-10 mins.  We like them crunchy on the edges, but soft in the middle so this is the time I use. Use 8 minutes and check for completely soft cookies. Use 12 minutes for firmer cookies.
  • Let them cool on the pan for 2 minutes then remove to a cooling rack.
  • As soon as they are cool, store them in an airtight container.
To Frost or Not to Frost
  • A truly old-fashioned sugar cookie recipe is not frosted, but it is melt in the mouth delicious. We enjoy them frosted with buttercream frosting, especially during the holidays.

Notes

I use only organic, non-gmo ingredients and yard eggs. You can use what you like to use.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
218
Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
41
mg
14
%
Sodium
 
173
mg
8
%
Potassium
 
41
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
33
g
11
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
17
g
19
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
266
IU
5
%
Calcium
 
14
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.