Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sugar cookies are a buttery favorite cookie for both children and adults.   The cookies are rolled and cut-out in the shape and size of cookie to fit any occasion.  You can also dress them for a tea with simply granulated or colored sugars.

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Sugar Cookies

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Ellen Easton's Sugar Cookie Recipe:
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ellen Easton's Sugar Cookie Recipe
Servings: 24 to 36 cookies
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg and/or pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • Colored sanding sugar for decoration
  1. In a large bowl, blend together the sugar and butter until well combined.  Add beaten eggs and vanilla extract, stirring to combine.

  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and blend together well. If desired, add nutmeg or cinnamon.

  3. Place the dough in the refrigerate and chill at least 1 or overnight until pliable. 

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  5. On a lightly-floured board, roll dough 1/8-inch thick with your rolling pin; cut into desired shapes with your favorite mini or small cookie cutters.  Sprinkle the cookies with additional sugar and place 1-inch apart onto prepared ungreased cookie sheets.  Always leave room between cookies on the cookie sheets.

  6. Bake approximately 6 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges.  Remove from the oven and cool on wire cooling rack.  When cookies have cooled, decorated with colored sanding sugar.

  7. Variations: Additions to this recipe may include flavored extracts or liquors, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut flakes, savories, fruits, herbs, savories, and/or spices to taste.

  8. Yields 24 to 36 cookies (depending on the size of the cookie cutters).

To make edible ornaments or napkin rings:

Using a dowel  or a straw, place a hole in the dough, before baking.Once the cookies have cooled, run a ribbon of your desired length through the hole and tie off in either a knot or a bow. Use the ribbon portion to place the cookie ornament on the tree, centerpiece or mantle.

If using as a napkin ring, place the napkin inside the ribbon and place on the table.

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Comments and Reviews

One Response to “Sugar Cookie Recipe”

  1. Sarah Voas

    Do you have a cookbook with more of your recipes in it? I have your Holiday Travel book. Is it different than the vacation book? Also I would like a book with a placement of all the tea setting like you have on line. Do you have book showing where everything is to be placed at each setting? Thank you. Love the 4 books I have but would like more of your recipes and info listed above. Sarah Voas, Biloxi, MS


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