Grandma's Cut-Out Cookies

My grandma was an amazing baker.  She always had several sweet options for dessert on her counter.  I still remember the excitement, every time I went to her house as a kid, knowing there would be a treat waiting for me.   What would be hiding in the tupperware containers on the counter?!?!  I loved that they weren't clear containers that I could see through too.  It made the anticipation even better.  Did Grandma make sugar cookies?  pinwheels? or these cut-out cookies?  I always had to peek on my way into the house.

She passed away almost 2 years ago.  Not a day goes by that I don't think about her and the lessons that she taught me.  Most of all I loved how she enjoyed making people happy with her amazing talent in the kitchen.  This recipe was one that she made for all of the holidays.  They are instantly ready to cut waiting a few hours for the dough to chill in the refrigerator.  I hope these cookies can bring your family together like they did for us.  And a special thanks to Grandma for always satisfying my sweet tooth!! 

3 1/2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
2 eggs
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

1.  In medium bowl sift dry ingredients together, set aside.
2.  Cream shortening and sugar together.  Add milk, vanilla, and eggs.
3.  Gradually add dry mixture until just moistened.  Roll and press into a ball.
4.  Roll out dough onto floured surface, cut out with cookies cutters.
5.  Press in sugar and sprinkles.
6.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Source:  My sweet grandma's cookbook

This recipe is linked up to THESE GREAT PARTIES!!!!

My oldest daughter helping out

My youngest working hard
Pressing the cut-out dough into sprinkles

The finished product
Some blue ones that we also made


  1. Amanda, Thanks so much. I'm truly honored. I will to to your site and check it out!! Nichi

  2. So sweet! I love that your girls are in the kitchen with you baking these wonderful cookies from your grandma. Every Christmas we make cookies that my MIL made every year too. She has been gone for 5 years, but I 'm glad my kids will always have the sweet connection to them. Thanks so much for stopping by this week and leaving me such nice comments. Have a great weekend!

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  4. I bet these cookies are great! My grandmother always made a pound cake that I still ask my mom to make for my birthday :)
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe at Mom's Test Meal Mondays!

  5. These are wonderful cookies!:)
    I'm familiar with a very similar recipe, and these cookies usually "disappear" quite quickly

  6. Yum! I love doing stuff like this with my grand kids. Thanks so much for sharing on "I Gotta Try That"

  7. Love the blue sprinkles -- and the story of the cookies. Thanks so much for sharing your family recipe on Busy Monday!

  8. These are sooo cute and fun! What a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids!
    Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  9. Your little helpers are just adorable and no doubt have made these cookies better. I just love a great Sugar Cookie and your recipe looks delicious. Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Yum. Love simple sugar cookies. Your helpers are darling! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.


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