Grandma Sheets' Sugar Cookies


This is my Grandma's recipe -- very light in color even though there are eggs in it. We lived in southern Ohio -- besides being coarse and thick they are not terribly sweet, even with the sugar on top. They're the best! (I have to add up to 9 cups of flour because of humidity where I live.)

4 dozen or more


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Mix together the sugar, shortening, baking powder and ground nutmeg. Beat the eggs and add to mixture. Combine the milk and baking soda and pour into mixture. Add the flour. You can start out with a good mixer at first but you'll need to switch to hand-mixing when dough gets too thick, adding enough flour so the dough is not too sticky and you can roll it out to about 1/4 inch or so.

  2. Flour counter and rolling pin and top of dough. If it is very humid where you live it may help to refrigerate dough 15 minutes or so and you can also refrigerate the portion of the dough that you're not presently working with. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch. Cut out with any cookie cutter and place on cookie sheet.

  3. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for about 8 minutes, or until ever so lightly browned around edges or on bottom. Remove from sheets and cool on flattened grocery bags or wire racks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

125 Calories
5g Fat
19g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 125
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 26mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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