“Sometimes Me Think, ‘What is Friend?’ and then me say, ‘Friend is someone to share the last cookie with'” ~Cookie Monster
I’m not exaggerating when I say that these are the BEST sugar cookies! In fact, they are beyond spectacular and up until now, only my daughters-in-law have gotten this recipe. It’s been in our family for a number of years and it’s been our little secret…until now. This is my early Christmas gift to all of you!
I have to give you a little background about them. I saw this printed in our local newspaper over 25 plus years ago, and it had been submitted by a local resident. I’ve made a couple of adjustments, along with adding my own sugar frosting recipe that I’ve had for well over 30 years.
- 3½ cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup margarine, softened (the original recipe called for margarine, but butter may be used)
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 stick margarine or butter, softened (1/2 cup)
- 4 cups powdered or confectionery sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 2-3 Tbs milk
- Stir the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and the sugar into a large bowl.
- Cut in the margarine or softened butter with a pastry blender.
- In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla and milk together.
- Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients to form a soft dough. DO NOT USE A MIXER! Just your hands.
- Refrigerate the dough for several hours until it's firm enough to handle.
- Roll it on a lightly floured surface to ¼ inch thickness.
- Cut with 2½ inch cookie cutters.
- Place cut-out cookies onto a greased cookie sheet, spacing about 1-1½ inches apart.
- Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 8 minutes. DO NOT let the cookies brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes and then carefully move them to a rack to cool.
- Cream the softened margarine or butter with a mixer.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, gradually and alternately with the sugar and the liquids.
- Beat together until well mixed, scraping the bowl to make sure everything is mixed in.
This recipe will make approximately 2 dozen or more cookies, but I never made just one batch until last year. I’ve actually made up to 4 times this recipe, because it goes so quickly. If you make more than one or two batches, make them separate (don’t try making three times the amount in one big batch, it’s too much). You can double the recipe, but don’t do more than that in one bowl at the same time.
You’ll start by mixing the dry ingredients together and then cut in the margarine or butter with a pastry blender. Make sure to cut in well and in smaller pieces.
Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients.
Using your hands, mix the dough…DO NOT USE A MIXER!
After chilling in the refrigerator for several hours or until firm, start rolling the dough on a lightly floured surface. The above photo and a few down below are of my one daughter-in-law, Lori. She easily makes 4 batches!
After rolling the dough to 1/4 inch thick, start cutting out your cookies.
After the cookies have baked, let them cool slightly on the cookie sheet and then move them to another surface. The above cookies have all baked. Notice that they aren’t brown and how nice they rise.
Lori loves to be creative in decorating her cookies. Aren’t they yummy looking!
When I was in Texas in September, I made a batch for the grandkids, only this time we made pumpkin and longhorn cookies.
They decorated every last one. Aren’t they cute!
Then when they were in Michigan this past summer, I made another batch for them to decorate…Mickey Mouse!
The thing that we all love about these is how soft and thick they are, in addition to tasting oh so good. Our family will second that! And as an extra bonus, they freeze so well. Just put them in an airtight container in layers and separate each layer with Saran Wrap or wax paper to prevent them from sticking together. When you take them out of the freezer, they’ll thaw at room temperature in a few minutes.
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