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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

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Simple, time saving and nostalgic recipe for old fashioned sugar cookies that doesn’t require any dough rolling or cookie cutters! Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Today I am sharing a cookie recipe that has a little bit of nostalgia for me. It’s a very simple, very yummy recipe that my mom and I would always bake around the holidays. It’s an old fashioned sugar cookie recipe. I know there are a lot of recipes out there for your typical cut-out-and-frost sugar cookies, but who really has time for all of that?! Instead, I’m sharing a sugar cookie recipe that only involves rolling a teaspoon of dough, into a ball, and–bear with me we are gonna get real technical here–smashing it with a glass dipped in sugar EASY. I think my mom loved making this recipe with me when I was a kid simply because she didn’t want to deal with the mess I made with cut-out cookies.

I found this recipe while flipping through an old church recipe book at my mom’s house when we were in Illinois a few weeks back. You know the recipe is good when the pages are all sticky and covered in sugar from so much use! And when my mom and I talk about these old fashioned sugar cookies, we always specify which recipe, and we are usually talking about the one with cream of tartar. It’s just something that has always stuck with me. Cream of tartar isn’t something I use very often–and this amateur baker has no idea what it’s really used for–I just know it makes this dough, and cookies, really soft and tasty.

Sugar Cookie Dough
I mentioned earlier that this recipe makes a very soft dough. Like pillow soft. And it’s so easy to work with! It doesn’t stick to your hands when you are trying to roll it into a ball. Perfect, soft, not sticky dough.Sugar Cookie Dough 2
Once everything’s mixed up, take a spoon and scoop out some dough. If you’re fancy you can use your teaspoon size dough scoop. If you are a regular human being like me, just eyeball it. You’ll scoop up enough dough to form normal sized old fashioned sugar cookies.Sugar Cookie Ball

Then take a flat bottomed glass or cup, dip it in some melted butter, then dip it into sugar to get it really coated.

Sugar dipped glass

Use the glass to lightly flatten the dough into cookie shape. You don’t need to get all hulk on it, just a tiny bit of pressure. You don’t want the dough to be too flat or else you get a crispy cookie.

Sugar Cookies

Bake ’em and eat ’em. My husband has a fetish with putting cookies in the freezer and eating them frozen, but I like to eat mine at room temperature with a glass of milk like a normal human. You do you boo.

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Easy Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Yield: 28 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Simple, time saving and nostalgic recipe for old fashioned sugar cookies that doesn't require any dough rolling or cookie cutters!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar, reserved for flattening cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine butter and 1 cup of sugar. Add in eggs and vanilla, mixing well.
  3. Mix in dry ingredients, adding flour 1 cup at a time and mixing thoroughly.
  4. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons onto a cookie sheet.
  5. Grease a flat bottomed glass with butter and dip in reserved 1/4 cup of sugar. Lightly flatten dough balls into rounded cookie shape
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cookies are golden and slightly browned on the bottom.
  7. Let them cool for about an hour on a cooling rack before eating.
Nutrition Information
Yield 28 Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Calories 148Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 32mgSodium 151mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 9gProtein 2g

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