Tuesday, December 1

Grandma's Sugar Cookies

When I was a young girl, I was always invited to Grandma's to help her make sugar cookies in a kitchen much like the one in this graphic. It would be later in the season, probably around December 20th.

Grandma and I would spend the entire day making sugar cookies together. She had every kind of Christmas cookie cutter you could imagine...star, holly, Christmas tree, an angel, wreath, snowman, Santa and probably ones that I've long forgotten. The cookies were baked in the oven of the old wood stove. We would add wood as needed and Grandma was very good at keeping that oven at a constant heat so the cookies would be perfect.

Once the cookies were golden at the edges, Grandma would use her apron to remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Then she would put them on newspaper to cool. Once cool, we would use coloured sugar, icing and winterberry candies to decorate them. What fun we had spending the day making at least five dozen cookies and sometimes more for the family to enjoy on Christmas Day.

Always, Grandma would make sure that I received a couple of cookies still warm from the oven and a big glass of cold milk from the ice box. Mmm! I can still taste them when I close my eyes and travel back to Grandma's kitchen. It was a real treat for me and Grandma and I always had fun together.

What memories do you have of a childhood Christmas. I challenge you to post one of your favourite Christmas memories.

Here is the recipe:

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Modern Method:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Use rolling pin to roll out the dough, cut with Christmas cookie cutters and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.


  1. I remember baking cookies with my grandmother but not at Christmas time. We called them Tea Cakes. I liked to eat the scraps of dough that were left over.
    I'm thinking I'll make some sugar cookies this year myself. Maybe with my granddaughter. She is going to start riding the bus to my house 2 days a week. We can make some memories.
    Mama Bear

  2. I WILL do that tomorrow........ I will sit and ponder tonight..... and write it tomorrow.......

    Sending you hugs.........

  3. awww that brings back memories of my sweet grandmother. I will have to post about my memories of Christmas at her house! Thanks for a great idea!

  4. Enjoyed reading about your Christmas memories with your grandma.

  5. Yum! those sound delicious...I love the stories from your childhood, especially this one. I can almost envision you all in there baking!

  6. Will try that recipe this weekend with the grands. We are going to do some baking.

  7. Cuppa used to make sugar cookies too. I prefer them to a ginger things that we buy now.

  8. Mary
    We had a wood stove in our kitchen but it had a bread warmer all the way across the top. There was always something neat to eat in that bread warmer. I could not wait to get home from school to see what treasure was there. Oh, you write so well, I could envision my Grandma taking that apron and doing the same. She always used it as a pot holder. Thanks for sharing your memories and letting me stroll down mine too. Peace

  9. Reading your post reminds me of baking sugar cookies with my mom. She made them with real butter ... an extravagance that made them ever so yummy!!! I probably have her recipe around but I've not made them in YEARS. Perhaps I'll dig it out this year ... just because. Hope today's a better day than yesterday. What a series of hassles!
    Hugs and blessings,

  10. Sounds wonderful Mary, I like to make Christmas cookies with my two younger ones, we're starting it this weekend :-)

  11. Such wonderful memories of your grandma and those sugar cookies sound so delicious. I'm going to print out the recipe for sure!! I thought I was finished with my Christmas baking but maybe not! lol xoxo

  12. I'm so glad you gave the recipie cuz I was gonna ask for it!!

    I bought cookie cutters and sprinkles...I have left over icing from birthday cupcakes and I really wanted a good sugar cookie recipie to make with the hooligans in a couple weeks!
    thanks dear.

  13. You are so fortunate to have these memories...My grandma died when I was too young to enjoy these fun things....


  14. I love your memories of Grandma's kitchen, Mary! Your words are so beautiful that I feel like I'm in that kitchen with you. I'm certainly going to try her recipe, hopefully tomorrow!

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