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Granny’s Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Granny’s Sugar Cookies are melt-in-your-mouth good and super easy to make. Dress these cookies up for any occasion by using colored sugar crystals. These drop cookies look so pretty on a plate and go great with a cup of coffee or hot tea.

Granny’s Sugar Cookies Recipe

When you think of sugar cookies, you may picture the cut-out variety which are elaborately decorated. However, this recipe is much less time-consuming and tastes just as great.

This recipe came from Granny H, our mom’s mother, who is also responsible for this Double Fudge Fanciful Chocolate Cake.

These could also be considered an Amish sugar cookie with one exception, Granny’s are made with margarine instead of butter. This makes our version a bit softer and chewier but if you’d prefer to use butter, go for it. The cookies will likely be a bit crispier than those made with margarine.

How to Make Drop Sugar Cookies

Instructions:

  1. Cream the margarine, granulated sugar, oil, eggs and powdered (confectioner’s) sugar together.
  2. In separate bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Drop by the teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet. (We use parchment paper on top of the baking sheet.)
  5. Flatten each cookie slightly with bottom of drinking glass dipped in sugar (use any color you’d like).
  6. Bake until slightly brown around edges, approximately 9-11 minutes.
  7. Let cool on baking sheet for one minute before moving to cooling rack.

For the full recipe for drop sugar cookies, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Notes about Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe:

  • The dough for these Amish sugar cookies might be a bit soft once mixed. If it’s a bit sticky, you can add another 1/2 to 3/4 cup of flour.
  • The original recipe calls for both sugar and powdered sugar. Sugar is granulated (basic sugar) while powdered sugar is also known as confectioner’s sugar – the fine white sugar that is used in icing, etc.
  • You can use a fancy cookie scoop to get these onto a pan or simply use a spoon and butter knife.
  • These cookies can stick to the pan so you might want to use parchment paper or one of those silicon baking mats. If you do just use a cookie sheet, be sure to let them rest for just a minute out of the oven before you take them off the pan.
  • For a list of some of our pantry staples and kitchen essentials, check out our Amazon Store here.

MORE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES

  • Grandma’s Three Layer Chocolate Squares
  • Dainty Log Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips
  • Crock Pot 7 Layer Bars
  • Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  • Salted Nut Squares
  • French Buttercream Cookies

Our friend Jent over at Farmwife Feeds shared some of her favorite cookie recipes for Santa here.

Print Recipe

Granny’s Sugar Cookies

Granny's Sugar Cookies are melt-in-your-mouth good and super easy to make. Dress these cookies up for any occasion by using colored sugar crystals.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: amish sugar cookies, Granny’s Sugar Cookies, simple sugar cookies
Servings: 72
Calories: 95kcal
Author: Megan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup powdered (confectioner's) sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sugar – regular or colored sugar crystals

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cream together margarine, sugar, oil, eggs, powdered sugar.
  • Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add sifted, dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Drop by teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet.
  • Flatten each cookie with a glass dipped in sugar.
  • Bake until slightly browned, about 9 to 11 minutes depending on your oven.
  • Let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute before transferring to cooling rack.

Notes

Notes about Granny’s Simple Sugar Cookies

  • This recipe makes about 6 dozen cookies.
  • The dough for these Amish sugar cookies might be a bit soft once mixed. If it’s a bit sticky, you can add another 1/2 to 3/4 cup of flour.
  • The original recipe calls for both sugar and powdered sugar. Sugar is granulated (basic sugar) while powdered sugar is also known as confectioner’s sugar – the fine white sugar that is used in icing, etc.
  • You can use a fancy cookie scoop to get these onto a pan or simply use a spoon and butter knife.
  • These cookies can stick to the pan so you might want to use parchment paper or one of those silicon baking mats. If you do just use a cookie sheet, be sure to let them rest for just a minute out of the oven before you take them off the pan.
  • For a list of some of our pantry staples and kitchen essentials, check out our Amazon Store here.

Nutrition

Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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