Sugar Cookie Recipe

I posted about making sugar cookies on Instagram and received a number of emails (and comments) asking for the recipe. I figured I should share it here! (I love hearing how much everyone loved my our family favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.)
The recipe is from my mom’s best friend from college’s mom’s recipe. My mom makes cut-outs all the time. They are SO good.


– 4 cups of flour
– 3 teaspoons of baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt
– 1 1/2 cup of sugar
– 1 1/3 cup of Crisco
– 3 teaspoons of vanilla
– 2 eggs
– 8 teaspoons of milk


1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. Blend sugar, Crisco, vanilla, and eggs
4. Add flour mix to sugar mix
5. Add milk, one teaspoon at a time
6. Mix until blended. Divide into two parts, wrap each in wax paper. Chill for one hour.
7. Roll out, cut out, and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Cool, ice, decorate.

My notes:
– My mom is a purist and glazes her cookies. It’s a quick mix of butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and milk.
– The dough is unbelievably tough to mix well, but worth it. Just consider it your afternoon workout.
– When rolling out, put a sheet of wax paper (+ flour!) between the rolling pin and your dough. Work in batches!

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Tori A.

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is making cookies with mom! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Tori A. from Prep For A Day


Hi! Can you please share your mom’s purist recipe for glaze? It’s so hard to find a recipe that’s not royal icing or without corn syrup or eggs!