food & recipes

The Best Sugar Cookies

You guys are in for a treat. Every Christmas, I can’t get enough of these cookies. They’re unlike any sugar cookie I’ve ever tasted- melt in your mouth, delicious! I’m sharing my Nanny’s, aka my grandma’s, sugar cookie recipe (yes- I still call her that to this day). She bakes hundreds of these sweet things every holiday season and gifts them in tins because they’re so incredibly popular. I’ve already requested my second tin.  Wait no longer, start baking! Here’s what you need:


Ok- after you’ve compiled the ingredients listed above, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Do not skip this step. I repeat DO NOT skip preheating the oven. According to Nanny, it’s very important. Cream together sugars, butter, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and blend into the creamed mixture. Chill the dough for at least 15 minutes up to overnight.

Here’s where Nanny and I do things different. I like cutting out regular old shapes, but she sticks with her traditional method: Form 1 1/2” balls of dough. Roll the balls in sugar. Use a flat bottomed glass to flatten the dough to 1/2” thick; she always uses a crystal glass that has a fancy pattern on the bottom- kind of like a starburst shape. Sprinkle the pressed cookies with more sugar, or colored sugar if you like. Bake on a cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes. The best part? No icing needed.

Enjoy for yourself or gift them! They can be packaged in really amazing ways, plus they are seriously a crowd pleasing cookie. Try them and let me know what you think, or post your creative cookie photos on Instagram. Start baking!

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