Heirloom Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Preparation info
  • Makes

    3 dozen

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Pure Vanilla: Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques

By Shauna Sever

Published 2012

  • About

I’ve been eating these cookies, an old family recipe of my gramma’s, at Christmastime for my entire life. It yields the crispiest of sugar cookies: sandy textured but tender with a gorgeous pale-golden hue that begs for a smattering of colored sugar at holiday time.


  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon


  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. In a mediu