Recipes and Cooking Ideas for Homemakers and Amateur Cooks

Sugar cookies from Great Grandma’s cookbook

Ok, here goes… The Sugar Cookie Recipe!

I’ve never met a delicious sugar cookie. To me, they’re all kinda blah and tasteless and something you have to make at Christmastime. But this one isn’t totally tasteless… it has nutmeg in it!

I don’t actually make sugar cookies, I just use this recipe for fruit pizzacrust. But, there is enough dough left over (after measuring out 20 oz) for about 8 cookies, so I bake those. I don’t have pictures of them and I don’t feel like making a batch just to get pictures.

First, I want to introduce the cookbook to you that this recipe comes from…
cookbook1 …it is my most prized possession in my entire cookbook collection. It was given to me by my grandma (the one who makes the brown sugar pie) and she got it from her mother, so it was my great-grandmother’s cookbook! It was given to Great Grandma in 1943. I feel extremely privileged to now own it and it’s on my list of top 10 things to quick grab if there would be a fire. There is hand-writing in it… like notes written beside recipes, variations on things like strawberry shortcake and split pea soup and check marks written beside some recipes, probably her favorite ones. Also, tucked in hit-n-miss are a bunch of loose recipes, mostly written on regular scratch paper, but there’s a tapioca recipe written on a deposit slip that has my great grandma and grandpa’s names on it and a chop suey pickles recipe written on a piece of old wallpaper.

Vanilla Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten light
1 Tbsp. cream
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cream shortening and add sugar gradually, beating until creamy. Add the beaten eggs, cream, and vanilla, and beat well. Add the sifted dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Put through Alumilite Cooky Press onto Viko Aluminum Cooky Sheets. Bake in a hot oven, 400, for about 10 minutes, or until light brown in color.

I think this aluminum Viko stuff is/was a specialty thing, kind of like Pampered Chef is… I have a couple Pampered Chef cookbooks and the directions always specify using their products for mixing, scraping, measuring, etc too.