Home Made Treats: Sugar Cookies

This easy and tasty recipe for sugar cookies is one of FOUR found in my MG historical WHEELS OF CHANGE.  You can make the dough ahead and roll it out when ready.  Break out the cookie cutters and gather the kids around for an old-fashioned taste of home.

EMILY’S SUGAR COOKIES                           sugar cookies 2
1/4 pound butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp cream or milk
1 1/4 cups flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cream the butter, then gradually add the sugar, beating until light.
3. Add the egg, vanilla, and cream or milk, and beat thoroughly.
4. Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together, add to the first mixture, and blend well.  Mix until a soft dough forms.  Refrigerate dough for at least 4 hours or overnight.

5. Roll dough onto lightly floured surface until 1/8 inch thick.  Use your favorite cookie cutters to make the shapes.  You can use the rim of a glass for circular shaped cookies.  You can also sprinkle colored sugars or cinnamon on the dough before baking.
6.  Arrange on cookie sheets 1 inch apart.   Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

sugar cookies
Note: Recipes were adapted from the 1896 edition of the Fannie Farmer Cookbook and the Boston Cooking School Cookbook.


4 thoughts on “Home Made Treats: Sugar Cookies

  1. Love these! Old fashioned sugar cookies were always my son’s favorite. Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar they become Snicker Doodles. I like to sprinkle them with flavored jello powder right out of the box. Peach, lime and raspberry were my favorites, but they are all good. It was easy and gave both color and unusual flavors.

      • I think you’ll enjoy trying all of the Jello flavors on top! Another idea is to make a colored “stained glass window” in the center of each cookie. Just cut a hole any shape in the center of the cookie and then fill the hole with crushed life savers candy. The 5 fruit flavors work best. The candy will melt in the oven and then harden when cooled. Be sure to leave them to cool on the cooky sheet, and don’t touch them until cool. To crush the candy, put a life savor in a plastic bag and hit it with a meat hammer.

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