Sugar Cookies

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes

    1 to 3 Dozen

    , Depending on Thickness

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My mother called these “old-fashioned southern tea cakes,” but when rolled thin, they are the Christmas cookies that we iced with colored sugar glazes, sprinkles, and nonpareils. Children love to make these simple, delicious cookies.


  • cups sifted unbleached (all-purpose) flour, plus flour for dusting
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk


Sift the flour a second time with the salt, cream of tartar, and baking soda. Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, vanilla, and milk and beat in well. Add the sifted ingredients and blend well. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 375°. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle a little flour on it, and roll it out ¼ inch thick (or thinner). Cut with cookie cutters, place on cookie sheets, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to racks to cool. Store in airtight containers, the cookies will keep several weeks.