Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookie

First I want to apologize for the terrible photos. This is what happens when I misplace my camera.  Apparently I need to invest in a new camera phone. Do not let the photos fool you-these cookies look and taste fantastic. I have been using this recipe for a few years…maybe a few more than I can remember.  I actually found it on an old recipe card at my mom’s.  These cookies never last long around me because I gobble them up like there is no tomorrow.  New Year Resolutions will be starting soon so I don’t think I will be making these again soon, so I am stuck with these photos. Oops!

OCTOBER 2013 EDIT: I finally updated my photos! I didn’t want to get rid of my original one here so I made a new one. Check it out HERE.

sugar cookie recipe

1 cup Butter
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 1/4 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
1/2 tsp Baking Soda

Preheat the oven for 375 degrees. 

cookie flour

In a small bowl mix the Flour, Baking Soda and Cream of Tartar.  I used to use a sifter, but I have gotten lazy and a fork seems to work just as good. 

cookie dough

In a large mixing bowl cream the Butter and Sugars together. Beat the Egg and add it to the creamed mix with the Vanilla Extract. Mix the batter for at least one minute.


Slowly add the flour mix to the batter and continually stir it.

dough ball

Once the batter is all mixed roll it into a ball and knead it for 15-20 seconds.  If it is sticky, add powdered sugar to the counter top to roll it out.  Chill the dough to make it easier to roll out and cut shapes. The more it is handled the more the butter melts in the batter and it becomes sticky.


Cut out the shapes with cookie cutters or place “smashed” dough balls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Cookies will be brown on the bottom.


If you are not decorating the cookie with frosting, roll it in sugar before baking.


Once they are cool, decorate with frosting and enjoy.


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