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My Grandmas Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies are pillowy soft and delightfully chewy without even a hint of crunch! The cookies themselves aren’t overly sweet but they are begging, demanding even, to be iced!

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My Grandmas Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies are pillowy soft with just a hint of vanilla! The easiest rolled cookie recipe that I've made!

This is the same Grandmother who brought us these Soft Molasses Sugar Cookies, so you know they are going to be good!

The cookies themselves have just a hint of vanilla, and they taste just like those impossibly soft cookies you buy at the store. Except they are homemade with love.

My Grandmas Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies are pillowy soft with just a hint of vanilla! The easiest rolled cookie recipe that I've made!
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If I weren’t going to ship these cookies, I would have made a sweet, fresh strawberry frosting or a spiced cream cheese frosting.

But I did ship these little snowflakes out, so I went a more traditional route with a vanilla sugar cookie frosting.

The little bit of texture and incredibly sweet frosting pairs beautifully with the soft sugar cookies. It can easily be colored for any occasion.

My Grandmas Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies are pillowy soft with just a hint of vanilla! The easiest rolled cookie recipe that I've made!

This was surprisingly unfussy dough. It was very easy to work with and didn’t get inordinately hard in the refrigerator. It rolled out easily and didn’t need to be re-refrigerated before re-rolling.

Of all three rolled Christmas cookies that I have made, these are by far the easiest!

My Grandmas Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies are pillowy soft with just a hint of vanilla! The easiest rolled cookie recipe that I've made!

The buttermilk keeps it extra soft and pliable. Like I said before, grandmothers know best!

My Grandmas Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies are pillowy soft with just a hint of vanilla! The easiest rolled cookie recipe that I've made!

This is an incredibly simple icing recipe. I usually don’t measure, but for you I did.

Don’t be like me and think you’re all smart, “if milk is good, heavy cream will be better.”

It won’t be.

Heavy cream has a…wait for it…cream color and it will tint your frosting. Duh, Lindsey.

Milk is also less viscous so you won’t need as much to make the icing pipable.

To answer the question that you didn’t ask, but I know you’re dying to know, each snowflake is unique.

My Grandmas Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies are pillowy soft with just a hint of vanilla! The easiest rolled cookie recipe that I've made!

My Grandmas Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies are for the eleventh day of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies! You won’t want to miss the Festive Almond Crinkle CookiesNo Bake Gingersnap Brandy BallsChocolate Pecan TassiesMolasses Sugar CookiesOld Fashioned GingersnapsPeanut Butter BlossomsOld Fashioned Oat Lace CookiesRaspberry Linzer CookiesHoliday Bark or Cherry Pecan Cookies!

My Grandmas Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies are pillowy soft with just a hint of vanilla! The easiest rolled cookie recipe that I've made!
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Grandmas Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

My Grandmas Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies are pillowy soft and delightfully chewy without even a hint of crunch! Just how I like them. The cookies themselves aren’t overly sweet but they are begging, demanding even, to be iced!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Decorating Time: 30 minutes
Total: 23 minutes
Servings: 36 Cookies

Ingredients 
 

For the Sugar Cookies:

For the Sugar Cookie icing:

Instructions 

Make your Cookies:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder; set aside.
  • Beat eggs with fork in a large bowl then stir in sugar, butter and vanilla. Alternately add flour and buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, stirring until well mixed.
  • Refrigerate overnight. My aunt says you can do it for less time, but this is what I did.

Bake your Cookies:

  • When you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 400° F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll out dough until about ¼ inch thick, dip your cookie cutter in flour and cut out shapes. I bake all the same shapes on one sheet to ensure even baking.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies have puffed and the bottoms have browned but the centers are still slightly underdone. You can tell this because the centers are slightly darker than the outsides.
  • Remove immediately to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.

Make your icing:

  • Combine sugar and vanilla in a bowl and add milk 1 teaspoon at a time until it is your desired consistency. If it gets too thin, you can add more sugar to thicken. It will also thicken as it cools.
  • I wanted mine to be a bit thicker so I could pipe it. If you are going to flood your cookies with frosting, you might need a bit more milk.
  • I piped the cookies in this post by cutting off a tiny corner of a small plastic, zip-top baggie. You could also use a piping bag fitted with a small round tip to the same effect! But then you have to clean it…just sayin’…

Nutrition

Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 90
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My Grandmas Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies are pillowy soft with just a hint of vanilla! The easiest rolled cookie recipe that I've made!

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  1. Sugar cookies are probably my number 1 favorite cookie of all time…although can one really select a favorite cookie? I mean, there are so many good ones out there! But yes, these cookies are (were) delicious, and I’ve been begging my mail-lady to bring me more. She just keeps ignoring me and speeding right on by…splashing me with melted snow-slush in the process. In the words of Michelle Tanner, how rude!

    Love these cookies…pinning them now!

    1. You just referenced Full House…and you are now my most favorite person ever! But to answer you question…no, one cannot choose a favorite cookie. It is just simply not possible.

  2. Never used buttermilk for sugar cookies.. will definitely need to try them out.. made me curious..

  3. I love how fluffy and gorgeous these are! Butter and buttermilk instead of a ton of butter sounds like a great idea. Pinning to try! 🙂

    1. Thanks for the pin, Marcie! I was wary of the buttermilk but in the end it turned out perfectly! I should never have doubted…

  4. Oh these cookies are so pretty! They look so light and delicate and really soft! Having recipes from your family is such a great thing, especially at the holidays.

  5. Oh my gosh!!! Gorgeous gorgeous cookies! I love how pretty you decorated them! Classic sugar cookies always remind me of the holidays and yours look perfect!

  6. These sugar cookies are absolutely gorgeous, Lindsey! Almost too pretty to eat…almost! 🙂 Your icing is beautiful, too. This might just be my favorite Christmas cookie of yours yet…such a classic and delicious treat. Pinned!