Grandma Minnie's Sugar Cookies

    30 minutes

    This is a recipe for classic old-fashioned sugar cookies. Get creative and cut out fun shapes. Use colored sugar, if desired.

    3 people made this

    Serves: 70 

    • 2 1/2 cups (375g) plain flour, sifted
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
    • 225g butter
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) pouring cream
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons white sugar

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Line three baking trays with baking paper.
    2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the caster sugar. Rub in butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in lightly beaten egg, cream and vanilla to make a stiff dough. Dough may be chilled, if desired.
    3. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 4mm thickness. Sprinkle with white sugar. Using a 4cm cutter, cut dough into rounds.Transfer to prepared trays, 4cm apart.
    4. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool biscuits on trays.

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    This is a wonderful recipe - it is now my favorite sugar cookie recipe. Make sure you do not use electric beaters to mix in vanilla, egg and cream - do it by hand. I ruined my first batch with the electric beaters - the dough was too sticky and soft, even after chilling for hours.  -  20 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    THE BEST EVER! More like 8 stars! Will never bake any other sugar cookie but THESE and I know my sugar cookies! Ok... because I AM the Queen of taking short cuts (and always in a hurry) here's my take on these! I mixed the dry ingredients in my Kitchen Aide. Blended the softened butter in with the mixer too. Added all other ingreds the way suggested... except... I hand rolled balls of the dough up and put them on a four dusted surface. I rolled them over just to get a dust of flour on them. I took a glass (bottom LIGHTLY dusted in flour) and just squished them flat! I picked them up with a spatula, brushed off any excess flour, put them onto the baking sheet. I baked them for about 10 min, but I watched them close after 8 min. While they were still warm I glazed them with the glaze from "Glazed Apple Cream Pie" (, and put the traditional holiday sprinkles on them! FAST.... EASY..... AND OHHHHH SO GOOD!  -  11 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe is the real deal! I just finished making them with my 21 month old son and we've almost "tested" about 1/4 of the batch! We didn't have cream so I just used whole milk in it's place and it worked just fine and I also increased the vanilla to 2 tsp, but that's a personal preference. Next time I will use cream and I'm sure it will be even better. My son loves to roll dough and cut shapes and this dough was very easy for him to work with. I did chill the dough but I felt it was slightly easier to work with once it was room temperature again. I didn't find this dough to be too dry at all as some reviewers mentioned. I do lightly spoon the flour into a measuring cup rather than dip the measuring cup into the flour which may make a difference in how much flour is used. I also creamed the butter and sugar together as recommended by another reviewer. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!  -  07 May 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)