Sugar Cookies

Preparation info

  • Makes

    1 to 3 Dozen

    , Depending on Thickness
    • Difficulty


Appears in

Hoppin John’s Lowcountry Cooking

By John Martin Taylor

Published 1992

  • About

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


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 doug