Betty Crocker's Sugar Cookies for Boys and Girls

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

One of the many benefits in moving is finding long lost recipes. Case in point;-this sugar cookie recipe which has been missing for at least ten years. The only real change was reducing the temperature by 50°. From the { original } Betty Crocker's Boys and Girls Cookbook from the 1950's. My brother's copy is tattered and torn; both front and back covers are missing but the recipe survived thankfully.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, using a pastry blender blend the shortening, salt, lemon zest and sugar.
  4. Beat in the egg and milk until mixture is pale yellow.
  5. Sift the flour together with the baking powder and soda. Stir into the dough.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheet.
  7. Grease the bottom of a drinking glass. Dip the glass in sugar and flatten each cookie.
  8. Sprinkle cookies with nutmeg.
  9. Bake 10 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges.
  10. Cool on wire rack.
Most Helpful

I was delighted to find this, having left my childhood cookbook behind years ago. But when I tried this the batter was too runny. Further research revealed that the amount of milk should be 2 tablespoons. It makes a huge difference.

I remember this one! A childhood favorite that produced THE best sugar cookies. I'm glad to have the recipe again after [mumble-mumble] years.

5 5

This Recipe Reminds me of Tea Cakes My Great Grandmother Use to bake, Though I altered it a little by also adding 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract and Baking 12-15 minutes because after tasting the first batch We Prefer a Crunchier Cookie.. Other than this It is a Wonderful Sugar Cookie/Tea Cake Recipe 5 Stars Here!!