grandma’s all-occasion sugar cookies

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Comments

  1. VeggieGirl says:

    Classic cookie goodness :-)

  2. manggy says:

    I’m loving the pics :) I like my cookies more on the tender side, too. Hard/crispy ones just aren’t as toothsome!

  3. rainbowbrown says:

    I dig the picture of the cutouts. Lovely work.

  4. joelen says:

    Awesome! Your tree picture is so cute! :)

  5. Vibi says:

    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. kim says:

    love the tree pic! such a cute idea :) glad you liked these!

  7. Very cute…

  8. Megan says:

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

  9. Maria says:

    Love the tree, very creative!

  10. Jules says:

    I liked these crispy. Nice tree!

  11. juju73 says:

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

  12. nikkigladd says:

    cooookies! yummy!!

  13. Caitlin says:

    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. Jaime says:

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

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