Thursday, December 10, 2009

Visions of sugar plums become REAL...

I've had visions of "sugar plums" dancing in my head for several weeks.  At last I got a real BITE!


A lady from one of the local livestock newspapers came to interview us today for a story on our ranching outfit and so I had the perfect reason to make the sugar cookies I've been dreaming about eating.  I was so happy -- she ate eight!  What could make a homemaker feel better than that?  (I didn't count, but Hubs did)

Later on my daughter-in-love came with the Grandangel and we had cookies and coffee together.  I love these little afternoon times we have together.

The sugar cookie recipe was my mom's and I've made it ever since I became a mom.  When the kids were little we always made cut-out cookies with this recipe, but now I'm just happy to roll the dough into balls,  roll them in sugar and then flatten with a sugared glass and sprinkle some more sugar sprinkles on top.

Mom's Sugar Cookies

1/2 c. butter, soft
1/2 c. margarine, soft
1 c. shortening
1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1 t. cream of tartar
1 t. baking soda
4 c. flour
1 t. real vanilla

Cream butter, margarine, and shortening together with sugars.  Add eggs and mix some more.  Add dry ingredients and vanilla.  Chill dough for a half hour.  Roll in 1" balls, roll in sugar and then flatten a little with a sugared glass bottom.  Add a few more sugar sprinkles.  Bake at 350* for 8-9 minutes. 
Makes about 5 dozen cookies or more. 

If you'd like to frost these, which I do often, make a glaze with powdered sugar, a little vanilla and milk.  Add more of sugar if it's too runny or more of milk if too thick.  Frost cookies and sprinkle with colored sugars immediately while glaze is wet.  It will dry hard.


  1. Sounds like a better recipe than I have so I might give it a try! Thanks for sharing. Dianntha

  2. Margarine AND butter -- that's really interesting. The recipe seems a lot like snickerdoodles -- have you ever rolled them in sugar and cinnamon? They look yummy -- you can't believe how many different sugar cookie recipes there are and how many I want to try. Thanks for posting! And EIGHT? She's a woman after my own heart LOL!

  3. Dianntha,
    Everyone I know who tries it loves it. Mom knew what she was doing with this recipe.

    The thing is.....the original recipe calls for one cup of butter, but I ALWAYS make it with half butter, half margarine. You can make it with all butter if you want tho. I never have made snickerdoodles out of this but I will now. Good idea!!

    Yes, eight cookies! She's a woman after my own heart too!

    Jody (whose a lil sick from all the sugar cookies she's eaten today)

  4. How nice to be interviewed! And the cookies look wonderful..puts me in the mood to make cookies! Come say hi :D

  5. Jody, those looks yummy! I hope to start baking very soon! I have gingerbread cookie dough in the fridge just waiting for me. Thank you for the inspiration.

  6. HI Jody! Those cookies look yummy! Cream of tartar just "makes" sugar cookies, in my opinion!

    Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

    Kim :-)


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