Dessert My Grandma's Sugar Cookie Recipe (University Foodie)

Published on September 6th, 2012 | by Rachel Budke


Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

Here’s a recipe for my grandma’s sugar cookies.  I think they are the best, even though I might be a little bit biased! ;)  Fairly recently, I used royal icing to decorate them.  I don’t know why it took me so long to do that.  They taste awesome, and look really cute as well!  In the photo above are some cookies I made for my sister, because she is now a 1st grade teacher!  On the royal icing post, I also posted so tips on how to make sure your cookies look nice and neat — although I think the biggest thing is just being patient.

Recipe from: Grandma Gish (thanks for letting me share your recipe!)
Makes about 5 dozen 2″ cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Note: if sifting the dry ingredients add 1/8 cup more flour


  1. Mix sugar and butter together.
  2. Add the egg and flavorings, and mix thoroughly
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.
  4. Slowly blend the flour into the egg and sugar mixture.
  5. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  6. Heat oven to 375°F.
  7. Divide dough in half and roll 3/16th thick on a lightly floured board.
  8. Cut the dough with cookie cutters.
  9. Place on lightly greased baking sheet, or a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  10. Bake 7-8 minutes or until delicately golden

*A little tip on cookie cutters — think outside the box.
For the apple cookies I used a circle cutter. To make it look more like an apple, I used a knife to cut the dough & change the shape a little bit.  For the stems, I just cut a little rectangle of dough and pressed it into the top.
The pencil cookies are actually made from a cross cookie cutter.  I just cut two of the sides off and pointed one edge.  Be creative!

Below are some cookies I made for the finale episode of ABC’s “The Bachelorette”.  I brought them to a friend’s house — it made a fun & silly addition to our night!


About the Author

Rachel is a senior at Kansas State University, where she is studying Bakery Science. In the fall of 2013 she studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She loves cooking, photography and DIY projects.

4 Responses to Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

  1. Mary says:

    If it says Grandma on it then it has to be good

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  3. Sarah says:

    After reading this post, all I want to do is make cookies- mission accomplished! :P So cute, great job!

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