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Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

This is one of my great-grandmother's recipes that I received years ago from one of my great-aunts. We bake these cookies for holidays and other special occasions. —Kristy Deloach, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    6 dozen 2-1/2-inch cookies or 1-1/2 dozen 4-1/4-inch cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • ICING:
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • Assorted food coloring and decorations of your choice

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Add eggs and mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  • On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut shapes with cookie cutters; place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-12 minutes (depending on size) or until light golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, extract and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Tint with food coloring. Decorate cookies as desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 small cookie (calculated without decorations): 91 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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