Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies Recipe

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies. Diana Rattray
Ratings (32)
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 48 Servings

These basic old-fashioned sugar cookies are flattened with the bottom of a sugar-coated glass. The dough should be refrigerated for at least 2 hours before you shape and bake them.

Use a cookie scoop to keep the cookies uniform in size. Use regular or a larger grain decorating sugar for the topping.


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (well beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups/13 1/2 ounces flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: granulated sugar or large grain decorating sugar for finishing

Steps to Make It

  1. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Beat in sugar gradually. Add the beaten eggs, milk, and vanilla extract; stir to blend.

  2. In another bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt; stir to blend thoroughly.

  3. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture. Mix until well blended.

  4. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the sugar cookie dough for 2 to 3 hours.

  5. Heat the oven to 375 F.

  6. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or grease them lightly.

  7. Scoop up the cookie dough with a rounded teaspoon or small cookie scoop and shape it into 3/4-inch balls.

  8. Place the cookie balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

  9. Flatten the balls with bottom of a glass that's been lightly greased with butter and dipped in granulated sugar. Dip the glass in sugar each time you press a cookie.

  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.

  11. Remove the sugar cookies to racks immediately to cool.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Tips and Variations

  • Add about 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg to the cookie dough.

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