This is my great-grandmother's sugar cookie recipe.

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Ingredients

78
Original recipe yields 78 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) .

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  • Over a large bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, sugar. Cut in butter and blend with a pastry blender until mixture resembles cornmeal. Stir in lightly beaten egg, cream, and vanilla. Blend well. Dough may be chilled, if desired.

  • On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Sprinkle with sugar; cut into desired shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets.

  • Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until delicately brown.

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Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

51 calories; 2.7 g total fat; 9 mg cholesterol; 40 mg sodium. 6.3 g carbohydrates; 0.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2004
This is a wonderful recipe - it is now my favorite sugar cookie recipe. Make sure you do not use electric beaters to mix in vanilla, egg and cream - do it by hand. I ruined my first batch with the electric beaters - the dough was too sticky and soft, even after chilling for hours. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/11/2010
I followed the recipe exactly and my dough was really really sticky. I don't know what went wrong. Read More
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325 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 247
  • 4 star values: 50
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2004
This is a wonderful recipe - it is now my favorite sugar cookie recipe. Make sure you do not use electric beaters to mix in vanilla, egg and cream - do it by hand. I ruined my first batch with the electric beaters - the dough was too sticky and soft, even after chilling for hours. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2004
This is a wonderful recipe - it is now my favorite sugar cookie recipe. Make sure you do not use electric beaters to mix in vanilla, egg and cream - do it by hand. I ruined my first batch with the electric beaters - the dough was too sticky and soft, even after chilling for hours. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2006
THE BEST EVER! More like 8 stars! Will never bake any other sugar cookie but THESE and I know my sugar cookies! Ok... because I AM the Queen of taking short cuts (and always in a hurry) here's my take on these! I mixed the dry ingredients in my Kitchen Aide. Blended the softened butter in with the mixer too. Added all other ingreds the way suggested... except... I hand rolled balls of the dough up and put them on a four dusted surface. I rolled them over just to get a dust of flour on them. I took a glass (bottom LIGHTLY dusted in flour) and just squished them flat! I picked them up with a spatula brushed off any excess flour put them onto the baking sheet. I baked them for about 10 min but I watched them close after 8 min. While they were still warm I glazed them with the glaze from "Glazed Apple Cream Pie" (allrecipes.com) and put the traditional holiday sprinkles on them! FAST.... EASY..... AND OHHHHH SO GOOD!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2008
This recipe is the real deal! I just finished making them with my 21 month old son and we've almost "tested" about 1/4 of the batch! We didn't have cream so I just used whole milk in it's place and it worked just fine and I also increased the vanilla to 2 tsp, but that's a personal preference. Next time I will use cream and I'm sure it will be even better. My son loves to roll dough and cut shapes and this dough was very easy for him to work with. I did chill the dough but I felt it was slightly easier to work with once it was room temperature again. I didn't find this dough to be too dry at all as some reviewers mentioned. I do lightly spoon the flour into a measuring cup rather than dip the measuring cup into the flour which may make a difference in how much flour is used. I also creamed the butter and sugar together as recommended by another reviewer. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2005
A lot of the reviews state that the dough is too dry. It's perfect without adding any additional liquid. You have to give the butter a chance to "melt" after you cut it in. At first I thought it was too dry so I got my clean hands in there and kind of kneaded the dough. The heat from my hands melted the butter and in a few minutes it was the perfect consistency. Perfect. Do not add additional cream or anything. Trust me! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2003
These cookies are like my Great grandmother's recipe. Because they are like pie, they roll out easily. I had no problem with sticky dough at all. They cook quick, so watch out you don't burn them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2006
Like so many in the previous ratings, I had also searched and searched for a good sugar cookie recipe that I could use for cut-outs, only to be disappointed time and again. My search is over! My son & I just made these, but we didn't make cut-outs. We rolled them into balls then pressed them with a slotted spatula. (The cookies have raised bars going across them. Cute!) They don't spread at all when baking which tells me they'll be superb for cut-outs. (I can't wait 'til Christmas!!) Super easy to make and work with. Light, slightly crisp, melt-in-your-mouth, delicious. Like others, I thought the dough was a bit dry but I didn't add more liquid. As we worked with it, it came together beautifully. Thanks, Jessica, for sharing this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
This is the best sugar cookie recipe I have ever made. These cookies were everything a sugar cookie should be- perfectly delectible. I made these right in the KitchenAid not with the pastry blender- and they were perfect. They didn't stick at all; the dough was such a pleasure to work with. My 2-year-old was able to cut them out with me. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2003
very good cookie. These cookies were moist and not hard to roll out. Not sticky like other sugar cookies I have tried. I also tried a different variation by useing 1/2 a cup of coca and a 1/2 less flour and made a chocolate sugar cookie and it worked great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2003
This is a good recipe for classic sugar cookies. But keep an eye on the oven because they burn easily. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/11/2010
I followed the recipe exactly and my dough was really really sticky. I don't know what went wrong. Read More
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