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Grandma's Sugar Cookie Recipe

Updated on March 17, 2010

My Grandma

When I was a little girl at Christmas time we would always make tons of Christmas cookies. Most of the recipes came from my maternal Grandmother. She was from Minnesota and over the years she was a baker for several different hotels and at the end of her working days she was the head baker at the local hospital. She was very well known in her area for her baking expertise. Every summer we would go visit my grandparents in Minnesota and I can't remember a time when there wasn't some sort of fresh baked goods in her home. Cookies, bread, pies, everything you could imagine. One of her cookie recipes became my favorite and is a tradition to make these cookies in my family. If we don't have Grandma's sugar cookies for Christmas I feel like something is missing in my life. One bite and I am back to my childhood days and all the memories of helping my mom get these cookies ready for Christmas.

My kids painting Christmas Cookies


  1. 2/3 cup butter
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup milk
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 4 cups flour


  1. Cream the first 5 ingredients
  2. Add the baking soda, salt and flour.
  3. Chill the cookie dough for at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat your oven at 350 degrees F
  5. Sprinkle a bit of flour on a clean work surface.
  6. Roll out the dough to about a 1/8 inch thickness.
  7. Cut out the cookies with your favorite cookie cutter.
  8. Bake approximately 10 minutes, till lightly browned, not to dark they will be hard.
  9. Set on cooling rack till cooled. 

Icing for the Sugar Cookies

There are many different ways to decorate these cookies. Before you bake them you can put colored sugar on them or use baking sprinkles that match the holiday. You can also use cinnamon red hots for eyes which you would also put on the cookie before baking. After the cookie is cooled you can use colored frosting or powdered sugar on them. The powdered sugar will fall off the cookie though. The icing I use is a powdered sugar and water mixture to make a "paint able type of frosting.You want the powdered sugar and water mixture fairly thick. I use the gel form of food coloring to color my frosting and I usually make at least 6 colors for Christmas. Then I get paint brushes that won't lose its bristles and put one brush in each color. Now we are ready to paint the cookies. This is my personal favorite icing for these particular cookies.

Hubby Helps Too

Christmas Tradition

Every year when I was a child during my Christmas vacation from school my mom would make several batches of these cookies. Then one day during my Christmas vacation my mom would sit myself and my brothers and sister  down at the table for icing day. We would sit at the kitchen table and paint the cookies for hours. My mom and grandmother also did this during their Christmas vacations when they were little girls. My sons are now teenagers and usually don't want to help with the painting of the cookies anymore but I hope one day they will use this recipe with their kids and continue this family tradition.

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks wavegirl22 yes if you dont add the icing they are not nearly as good, and at first the Bears looked pretty good the last 3 weeks however not so good, and just the opposite for the Giants they are really looking good this year.

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      These sounds absolutely delicious. I am bookmarking for I am definitely going to try this recipe, especially love the finishing touch of icing.

      Even more I am loving your Bears this year ;)