Mom’s Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

Mom's Sugar Cookie Recipe

My mom first began baking her favorite sugar cookies over 50 years ago. She is no longer able to do the baking herself, but she does still love her cookies and judges all other cookies on how well they compare to hers.

When eating another cookie, she’ll say “Well, it was ok, but it wasn’t MY recipe.” She is forgetful about many things, but she does recognize her recipe and loves it when she gets a gift of home baked sugar cookies.

Mom's Cookie Cutters

Now the children and grandchildren carry on the tradition of making her sugar cookie recipe for Christmas and for other family get togethers. We enjoyed a pre-Christmas family cookie baking day last weekend and even got out her old wooden rolling pin and well-used metal cookie cutters

Mom's Sugar Cookies

These are sugar cookies, but they aren’t overly sweet like a lot of current recipes. This is exactly why they are a family favorite.

When I was younger, I loved adding red or green food coloring to the dough for Christmas. Mom’s favorite way to enjoy them is with some colored sugar sprinkled on the cookies prior to baking. They can also be frosted or decorated however you’d like.

Mom's Sugar Cookies

My mother kept her handwritten recipes on cards in a wood box. She wrote them out in a way that made sense to her that doesn’t exactly follow the current standard recipe format, but it worked for her and for the rest of us. Here is the recipe as she wrote it:


cream 1 c. butter
blend in 1 c. sugar
beat in 2 eggs
stir in 2 t. vanilla
          1 t. almond extract
          food coloring if desired
add 4 c. flour
       1 1/2 t. baking powder
       1 t. salt
chill dough
roll out and use cookie cutters
bake 10-15 minutes at 400

Mom's Sugar Cookies

Mom's Sugar Cookies

Mom and Me 2013

74 comments for “Mom’s Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

  1. katklaw777
    April 20, 2015 at 3:57 am

    My Grammy made this type of cookie with us kids every xmas…I can still smell them baking!

  2. Melissa S
    April 20, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Your mom’s recipe sounds like one I need o try, because it is true most sugar cookie recipes are overly sweet. I love the pfashioned cookie cutters too.ic of the old

  3. April 20, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Can you freeze this dough? If so, how long would it be good for? Thanks.

  4. Valerie Mitchell
    April 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Yes, it can be frozen. Not sure how long, but I’ve had it wrapped tightly in the freezer for at least a few months. The cookies were just as good as if I had used it fresh. Thanks for asking!

  5. Laura Collins
    April 21, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    This sounds like a good thing to do with my granddaughter.I can not wait to decorate

  6. Katina
    April 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I love sugar cookies. When my children were younger, we made them every year at Christmas time.

  7. polly
    April 24, 2015 at 1:48 am

    This is the sugar cookie recipe I use that was my Mom’s but it also calls for nutmeg to give it more flavor

  8. Jamie Z
    April 24, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I have a serious weakness for sugar cookies. They are delicious!

  9. nicole
    April 26, 2015 at 3:17 am

    great recipe- ill be sure to use it this summer!

  10. Laurie
    April 26, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I love making sugar cookies with the kids. They have the most fun decorating them.

    April 28, 2015 at 6:16 am


  12. Margot C
    April 28, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I adore sugar cookies and I love your old beautiful cookie cutters with the handles (we had those, where oh where are they now!). Plus you and your Mom are adorable.

  13. Maryann D.
    April 28, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I always enjoyed making cookies with my parents, it brings back wonderful memories. I would love these sugar cookies for sure.

  14. Allyson Ballard Bossie
    April 28, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    i LOVE almond cookies, but I have never made any homemade. I would eat these for breakfast daily until they were gone. I am adding this to my list of cookies to make this Christmas because I really do love Almond

  15. Tandi Cortez-Rios
    May 1, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Such sweet memories! I love the recipe. Simple and just like I remember making as a kid with my grandma.

  16. Barb Stenby
    May 1, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Everyone loves my sugar cookies, I too add almond extract as well. Makes them just so much more tasteful!

  17. Kathy Pease
    May 1, 2015 at 6:02 am

    These look real good and sound not too complicated..Even I might be able to handle this :)

  18. Lesley F
    May 1, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I love when recipes are handed down

  19. Jennifer Herman
    May 1, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    My favorite cookies are sugar cut outs!

  20. John Herman
    May 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    We make sugard cookies every year.

  21. Eugenia Hall
    May 1, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    These look really good. In our house we used to color our own colored sugar because it was hard to get the shades I wanted to when I was a kid. Sometimes we even flavored the sugar as well before using on cookies like this.

  22. Lily Kwan
    May 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Arlene
    October 18, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Thank you for sharing your Mom’s recipe. My Grandmother also wrote down most of her recipes in a small notebook, the only problem is they are so old now some are ineligible. I’ve been looking for a good sugar cookie recipe for years, this one looks great!! I do have a question, after they are baked are they a hard cookie or soft? Or does it all depend on the baker??? Oh BTW….I too have some of those old style cookie cutters, they were handed down to me from my Grandmother; she taught me how to bake when I was very young. Thanks again

  24. Valerie Mitchell
    October 18, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Hi Arlene –
    These are hard cookies. If you slightly underbake them, they’ll be a little softer. Even then, I’d still call them a hard cookie.

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