Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

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Grandma’s Sugar Cookies-a Christmas Tradition.

Grandma’s Sugar Cookies-a Christmas Tradition.

This recipe is a special one. It’s just a simple sugar cookie, made with lots of love. What makes it special is it come’s from a book Grandma’s Christmas Cookies: A Cookie Cutter Storybook. It’s a sweet book reminding us the true reason for the season.

Grandma's Sugar Cookies-a Christmas Tradition.

We’ve had our copy for 11 years now. It was given to my son in 4K by his teacher. Best gift ever from a teacher. My son was reading already. That first year we sat together, he read me the story and then we made cookies together. Every time I see this cookbook, tucked away in the back, up above the stove, I’m reminded of that first time. Of a sweet little boy (who’s now bigger than me) sitting on the sofa, in front of the Christmas tree, reading the story to me.

Grandma’s Sugar Cookies-a Christmas Tradition.

 We don’t make these every year. We should. The cookies are easy to make, of course any cookie made with kids will have lots of sprinkles and I know Santa loves finding them under the tree each time.

Now I’m the Grandma and I can’t wait to read it this year and make these cookies with my grandbabies.

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Grandma’s Sugar Cookies
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Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

Grandma’s Sugar Cookies


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (almond is good too)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • sprinkles


  1. Sift together, flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. Cream butter and sugar together. Add in egg, vanilla and milk. Slowly add in flour mixture, make sure well combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. (can also be frozen) Roll dough out on floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness (mine are always closer to 1/4 inch) Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheet, add sprinkles. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7-8 minutes, just until edges start to turn golden. Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.


Be sure to place at least 4-5 cookies out for Santa with a glass of ice cold milk or eggnog.

Grandma’s Sugar Cookies-a Christmas Tradition.

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Love a good sugar cookie! Yours look so fun and pretty!

  2. Loved every cookie my grandma ever made and I hope my grandchildren have the same memories of my baking! Now about that book….Want it, love the cover picture;-) Thanks for sharing the sugar cookie recipe, a good sugar cookie recipe is a must have for any baker!

  3. What a holiday classic! My Christmas wouldn’t be complete without cutout sugar cookies, and these look beautiful. Thanks for being a part of the exchange too!

  4. How funny – my bars are made from a different cookbook by the same name!
    Your cookies look fabulous!

  5. What a beautiful post! I LOVE sugar cookies, especially at Christmas.

  6. What a nice story, Joan! These cookies look great! Glad we could take part in the swap together!

  7. Pretty sugar cookies, Joan!

  8. What pretty cookies! Nothing better in my book than a tasty sugar cookie. Perfect for the holidays!!!

  9. They look so pretty!

  10. A simple sugar cookie with a cup of tea can be delicious. But the fact that it has a history makes it all the more special. After all, a lot of our food likes begin with childhood memories. 🙂

  11. Sugar cookies are the best and can really be addicting too. These look like a yummy recipe. My son keeps asking when we are going to make some sugar cookies to’s on the list for sure.

  12. I know how little boys can over night all over a sudden be taller than you and you think how did this happen? This is such a sweet post! Thank you for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  13. What a lovely story and post. Thank you so much for sharing it, and these cookies. You can’t beat a good sugar cookie recipe this time of year!

  14. These cookies came out so delicious! I am so pleased with the texture! I hate cookies that are all crunch. These have a nice crunch onside and a soft cookie inside. It’s great! Definitely keeping this in my book of recipes!

  15. I loved my great grandma’s sugar cookies! I don’t have her recipe and I look forward to trying this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Katie Drew says:

    Can you frost these ones once cooled and then freeze. I love frozen sugar cookies

    • These cookies freeze well but if you are frosting them, I’d freeze them plain and then frost them when you are ready to eat them. Not all frostings freeze well.

  17. These look great! I can’t to try them with my girls. I found the book on Amazon for only $0.76! It’s used, but cheap! I’m waiting for it to come in the mail :0)

  18. Do these cookies hold their shape without spreading too much?

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