My Grandma always made a number of different types of cookies for Christmas. My favorite Christmas cookie was always her sugar cookies. I have been making her sugar cookies for years using different colors of colored sugar depending on the season. Many people have commented on how much they like these cookies.
You will need the following: flour, sugar, butter, vegetable oil (I use canola oil), eggs, baking soda, cream of tartar, vanilla, colored sugar, and possibly salt. Since I usually use salted butter when making these cookies, I do not add additional salt.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar, plus more for rolling cookies in
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 5 cups flour
- pinch of salt
- colored sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
- Cream butter. Add sugar and cream with butter.
- Add eggs, oil, salt (if using), baking soda, cream of tartar, and vanilla and mix well.
- Add flour and mix. Dough should clump together and pull away from sides of bowl.
- Place some sugar in a small bowl.
- Roll dough into small balls using your hands. You will need to squeeze the dough together as you roll the dough into balls. Then take ball and roll in sugar and place on cookie sheet. You can fit 12 cookies per standard cookie sheet.
- Dip bottom of glass in dough (only do periodically so sugar will stick), then into sugar and flatten cookie. Sprinkle cookies with colored sugar.
- Bake cookies for 10min or until very lightly brown on edge. Place onto wire rack or paper towels to cool.
If you have a glass with a nice pattern on the bottom that works nicely for flattening the sugar cookies. This is what I use for flattening my cookies:
I got this ashtray as the base of a centerpiece a lot time ago and noticed how lovely the pattern on the bottom was and so have used this ever since for flattening my sugar cookies.