Grandma Lucy’s Perfect Sugar Cookies
Finding the perfect sugar cookie recipe can be no small task. Many claim to have it but don’t, some keep the “secret family recipes” top secret and don’t share them with those in the outside world, and others claim to have the perfect sugar cookie recipes that comes from a tube in the refrigerator section of the grocery store (um…yeah, not so much!) Well my friends, I would like to introduce you to… (drumroll please)… Grandma Lucy’s Perfect Sugar Cookies!
My experiences with sugar cookies haven’t always been picture perfect. When I was a young teenage girl my friend and I talked her mother into letting us use her kitchen to make sugar cookies. We were so excited. I couldn’t wait to roll out the dough, cut it into shapes, make delicious frosting, and enjoy the taste of a melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookie. We opening up a random cookbook, found a recipe and then began adding and mixing ingredients. After turning the kitchen into an absolute mess and hours and hours of work, I remember taking one bite of our sugar cookies. Oh my, they were so nasty! They were flat, hard, and crunchy. The dough was too salty and the frosting was way too sweet! It was the one of the grossest things I had ever put in my mouth up to that point. To this day when I think back on the taste of those cookies I get an instant headache! They definitely left an impression on me. I did not like sugar cookies.
For years and years after this baking incident I never wanted to taste another sugar cookie again and especially never attempted making one. During my high school years the famous pink Granny “B” cookies hit the shelves of our local convenience stores! Most of us can probably remember the first time we ate one of those delicious round circles of goodness. What in the world had I been missing out on for so many years? Those cookies were straight from heaven! Now that I knew I did like sugar cookies, I decided that at some point, I would need to make them again…someday!
Fast forward a few years when my cousin Spencer married his lovely wife Jeanine. One February before Valentine’s Day Jeanine brought these amazing cookies to a party. For me, it was love at first bite! I now had my hands on the most perfect sugar cookies known to man! I learned that Jeanine came from a long line of bakers. In fact, they ran a family bakery in the small town where she grew up. Grandma Lucy helped run the bakery and this was her sugar cookie recipe. This recipe, my friends, is tried and true. The cookies always bake up soft and fluffy with the perfect amount of sweetness in every bite. Of course, the cookies aren’t complete until we top them off with the buttercream frosting, which makes them simply divine.
Trust me, if you follow this recipe, you too will come to love these cookies. Gone are the days of flat, hard, and crunchy sugar cookies. If those are the kind you love and crave, then these are not for you! Happy baking!
Grandma Lucy’s Perfect Sugar Cookies
1 Cup of butter (softened)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 Cup of Milk
1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
4-41/2 Cups of Flour
Mix baking soda in with the milk and set aside. In a mixing bowl or in a stand mixer cream together butter, sugar, and eggs. Add in milk and soda mixture and then vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients. When adding flour mix in a cup at a time. You know when there is enough flour when the dough is no longer sticky and can form into a ball. Roll out dough on a floured surface until dough is about 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 425 degrees on a greased pan for 7 minutes until cookies are just barley starting to brown! Do not over-bake!!!
The Perfect Buttercream Frosting
1/2 Cup of Softened butter
8 cups of Powered Sugar
1 Tsp of Vanilla
1/4 Tsp. of Almond Flavoring
1/4 Tsp. Salt
8-10 Tablespoons of Water
Mix together the butter, vanilla, almond, and salt. Add 8 cups of powered sugar into mixture and then add 1 TBSP of water at a time until the frosting has reached your desired consistency. Add a few drops of food coloring into frosting to color.
Here are a few Tips from Grandma Lucy and me:
*Don’t skip the step of mixing the baking soda and milk together before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. Grandma Lucy says this important step is what makes the cookies so soft!
*These cookies are perfect made into big hearts for Valentine’s day. Grandma Lucy used to make a big heart cookie for each of her Grandchildren on Valentines day. They looked forward to this yummy treat every year. I now do this same thing for my husband and kids each Valentine’s day and they are in heaven! Just remember to adjust the cooking time a little bit and do not over bake them!
*While making the frosting, if it is too thin… add more powered sugar. If the frosting is too thick…add more water! It’s as simple as that!!!
*For a delicious fall time treat add a 1/4 tsp. of nutmeg to the dough recipe, make the frosting orange, and cut the cookies out in pumpkin or leaf shapes.
*These cookies taste so good even after being frozen for a few weeks. After baking and cooling, store in an air tight container until you are ready to open them up for a tasty treat