grandma’s all-occasion sugar cookies


Believe it or not, I had all of November’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipes baked by November 1st. (And somehow my freezer was still full of desserts by the end the month.) December has been a different story. I did make these cookies last week, but I only finished them one day before leaving to spend a week with my parents. The rest of the month is characteristically busy for December, so I’m sure this trend will continue.


Fortunately, none of the recipes this month seem to be long involved projects. These sugar cookies are a pretty basic cookie dough recipe with a bit of chilling, then the standard rolling and cutting. And baking and decorating. So I suppose there’s a fair bit of work, but I kept it as simple as possible.


Keeping in mind that I prefer my sugar cookies super tender, I baked these for a little less time than the recipe indicates. Not wanting to struggle with my annoying clingy cookie cutters again, I was left with only one other option (two if you include Halloween cookie cutters, which I don’t in this case) – round biscuit cutters. Dorie suggested a simple cinnamon sugar coating for these cookies, which sounded a little plain. I didn’t have time for elaborate decorations, so I compromised with an easy powdered sugar glaze.


The cookies were pretty good. I added a bit of lemon zest, although a lot less than the lemon variation recommended. I wasn’t looking for a lemon cookie, just a little flavor besides sweetness. I liked the lemon, although next time I’ll add even less. I do prefer the sugar cookie recipe I made last month to this one. Dorie says in the recipe’s introduction that these are crispy, and even with the shorter baking time, they weren’t as soft as I like. But they were very tasty.

Ulrike has the recipe posted.



  1. Classic cookie goodness ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’m loving the pics ๐Ÿ™‚ I like my cookies more on the tender side, too. Hard/crispy ones just aren’t as toothsome!

  3. I dig the picture of the cutouts. Lovely work.

  4. joelen says:

    Awesome! Your tree picture is so cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Bravo to you for being able to bake all November’s TWD!
    Very creative idea… the cookies becoming the tree’s cut outs! LOL LOL Ingenious, Bridget!

  6. love the tree pic! such a cute idea ๐Ÿ™‚ glad you liked these!

  7. Very cute…

  8. I purposely underbaked mine a bit as well, so they don’t get super crispy. More like puffy sugar cookiedom.

  9. Love the tree, very creative!

  10. I liked these crispy. Nice tree!

  11. juju73 says:

    Very creative!!! I love what you did with yours!!!!

  12. nikkigladd says:

    cooookies! yummy!!

  13. That tree is just beautiful. Screw the pine tree, I want your cookie tree in my apartment. So simply pretty.

  14. So cute! I love the tree with cookie ornaments!

  15. how cute! i love your presentation of the cookies on the tree!