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    Classic Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

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    18 mins

    8 mins

    10 mins

    Park Rangerette's Note:

    Handed down from my great-grandmother Ferdig, this classic sugar cookie recipe is rich in flavor and can be cut thick for softer cookies or rolled paper-thin for crispy cookies. They freeze very well and I've never found a recipe I like better ... but then I am a little biased. Prep time does not include time to chill cookie dough.

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    Serves: 6



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    1. 1
      Combine baking soda, cream of tartar and flour mixing well. With your hands, knead in softened butter.
    2. 2
      In a small bowl, beat eggs and mix well with sugar and vanilla.
    3. 3
      Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and again using your hands, mix this really well.
    4. 4
      Chill dough. It will be quite hard when it is completely chilled. Using a table knife, cut off chunks to roll out on a well-flour surface to desired thickness - thin cookies will get crispy when baked, thicker cookies will puff and stay soft. Cut into desired shapes.
    5. 5
      Bake in a 350 degree oven until the edges begin to brown; be careful not to overcook if you want them to stay soft after cooling!
    6. 6
      After completely cooled, decorate the cookies. These will freeze really well!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 07, 2008


      Holiday baking time and what would an assortment of baked goodies be without a classic sugar cookie. I chose this particular recipe because it does freeze well and I tend to make all my doughs ahead of time and bake everything during one week. I baked two cookies for review purposes and made the pillowy variety. They were simply divine, not too sweet with a melt in your mouth, velvety texture. On results this recipe is more than 5 stars. My quibble here is the dough is so tender, it was very hard to work with and stuck much more to the pin than other cookies I've tried. It requires a good amount of patience and knowing that your efforts will be rewarded with great results.

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    Nutritional Facts for Classic Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (153 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 658.8
    Calories from Fat 296
    Total Fat 32.9 g
    Saturated Fat 20.0 g
    Cholesterol 151.8 mg
    Sodium 452.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 81.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
    Sugars 33.8 g
    Protein 8.8 g

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