This is truly an 'oldie', dating back to a Swedish woman born in 1877! her daughter, Esther Davis, shared the recipe with me and she came up with all the exact measurements, since the original cookies were mixed by 'feel' and taste. These are my favorite cookies and I hope they'll become yours as well.

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30 mins
10 mins
40 mins
30 servings


Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in sugar. Place on greased baking sheet; flatten with a glass. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.



If Cooking for Two: Freeze baked cookies in airtight containers or freezer bags to enjoy anytime!

Nutrition Facts

120 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 13.9g; fat 6.7g; cholesterol 14.3mg; sodium 53.4mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (530)

Rating: 5 stars
These cookies turned out PERFECT! I didnt cook them for the full time though. I only cooked them for 7-8 minutes. That way they came out soft and delicious. And you can use this recipe for cookie cutters too. Just be sure to freeze the dough for about 20 minutes so it's easier to work with. I made Halloween cookies with this recipe. The shapes came out excellent. Would definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My mom made the best sugar cookies, but she died a long time ago and I never got her recipe. This one is fantastic. Like my mom, I divided the dough in half, and rolled each half in waxed paper like a log. I sprinkled each side with sugar, wrapped it and refridgerated overnight. I just sliced it and baked the cookies, ending up with 4 1/2 dozen little slices of heaven. I can't wait to share these and a few stories of my mom with my children. *Made these again the other night - divided the dough into 3 - kept one white, then kneaded food coloring into the other 2 pieces, one green and one red. I patted them out, layered them, then rolled and chilled them. They turned out beautiful, and tasted just as good. A good alternative to suit whatever season you would like to color them for. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made these cookies for a wedding shower and they went over wonderfully! I added a bit of red food coloring to the dough and rolled them in hot pink sugar crystals and they were very pretty! The only change I made to the recipe was that I baked them for about 9 minutes for a softer cookie, but 10-12 will be great for those who like them nice and crispy. Will definitely use this recipe many more times! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These cookies are so, so delicious. Also, they still come out extremely tasty if you reduce the butter and shortening by about 25%. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Being gluten-intolerant, I substituted the flour in this recipe for 2 cups of a wheat-free flour mixture that is comparable to regular all-purpose flour, and, being out of shortening, I instead substituted the 1/2 cup of shortening with another 1/2 cup of butter. These cookies turned out to be the best cookies I have ever tasted. They are great thin and slightly crisp, baked to a golden brown perfection! This recipe definitely deserves five stars! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I normally don't like sugar cookies, but my family loves them. And this is by far the best sugar cookie I have ever tasted!! I wouldn't use it for cut outs, but the cookie itself is great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is by far the best sugar cookie I have ever had! After making the dough, I split it up and added a little bit of cocoa powder to one batch; they tasted phenomonal!!!!! Both ways were sooo good that I don't think they will last long. Thanks for the awesome recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I dont even like sugar cookies..but I like these ones!! They are delicious and very soft. Bad recipe for cutouts I would say though. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I was using this recipie for a science fair project. My question was"Can you tell the difference between Splenda and Sugar in a recipe?" so i made ths recipie using splenda in one betch and the other batch exactly the wy the recipie said to. The normal cookies were fabulouse and very one I got to try them loved them. the ones with suger were very bad, and only like three people liked them. My rating was based on th sugar cookie recipie and not the Splenda recipie. Read More