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Can you believe that Christmas is in a week? Where did the time do? It was literally just summer and bam! now it’s Christmas. This year has gone by in a blink and it makes me kind of sad because my daughter will be one on Friday! A whole year old. She is the most stubborn, smart, and the most beautiful creature I have ever seen. I may be a little bias, but I am her mother and I can be ????. Being that I have a one year old, and time is not my own these days, I have only gotten to make 2 batches of cookies this holiday season. TWO! These amazing sugar cookies, whose recipe was my great grandmas, and these vanilla mint cake mix cookies I made for a cookie exchange.
This sugar cookie recipe was given to me by my grandma, whose mother gave it to her. It is a very old recipe, but they are some of THEE best sugar cookies I have ever tasted. I am used to sugar cookies that have icing on them, which are great, but these sugar cookies don’t need icing because they are super sugary, airy and just melt in your mouth. I can guarantee you won’t miss icing on these babies! The best part of these cookies is that the recipe makes around 4 dozen cookies, so they are great for cookie exchanges and work parties!
Sugar Cookie Tips
It is important to chill these cookies for at least 2 hours. It makes it easier to form dough balls with a scoop or your hands. If you don’t chill the dough, it will stick to everything and we don’t want that. For my cookies, I used this scoop. My cookies turned out good sized. If you want smaller cookies, I would recommend this scoop. If you use the smaller scoop, you’ll get a lot more cookies and they will take a little less time to bake. They are equally amazing as any sized cookie.
You can essentially use any colored sugar/sprinkles/small candies on these cookies. And if you really, REALLY wanted icing on them, it would work too. I would recommend these cute little icing packets from Walmart for decorating. That way you wont risk smooshing the cookie with spreadable icing ????
I hope you have all your shopping done! I only had a few gifts to buy this year, so I am all done and can relax with a few of these cookies!
- 4 cups flour sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- Pinch of salt
- 2 sticks butter softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup oil I used canola oil, you can use vegetable oil too
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Add a pinch of salt.
- In a large bowl, with a hand mixer or with a kitchen aid mixer, cream both sugars and butter together until thoroughly combined. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.
- Add slowly and alternate the flour mixture and oil while mixing.
- Add in vanilla and mix until combined. Chill 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- With a medium scoop (or with your hands) form dough balls and roll half the dough ball in color sugar. Place on baking sheet (ungreased), sugar side up.
- Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown on the edges.
- Let them cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack.
- Makes about 4 dozen based on size