GG’s Holiday Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sorry to say that my back issue reared its ugly head again a couple hours before the NSIA Holiday Potluck–so I missed it.

Now I was doing great and then WHAM! I found myself suddenly incapacitated and writhing on the floor in agony.

The good news is that we did not get a ton of snow since I would not have been able to shovel out.

The other good news is that I have the ice packs, pain meds, and back belt handy.

Because I had planned on going to the potluck…you know, to take those much desired action news photos for you…I had already baked some cookies and so I thought I would share the recipe with you.

And yes, since you are wondering–I’ll be at the doc’s later today.

The back story to these cookies…

I don’t have a lot of childhood memories but a few blips surface here and there.

One of them was the sugar cookies my maternal grandmother made for us.

My mom hated her but the nice thing about grandmothers and aunties is that they love you.

And, although my maternal grandmother was definitely not a good cook, she was a great artist, built an amazing garden with a pond for the birds, and was a hat model–so she had a bunch of suitors lined up at all times.

But she also had a closet full of toys for us to play with when we visited.

Besides all the marbles, jacks and odds n’ ends, one of my favorites was a great big elephant. Now, if you don’t know about my past, I ended up training elephants during some of my animal adventures–but that is a story for another time.

Anyway, I recently went back to my home town. It isn’t something I have done much over the years but I’ve been reconnecting with family and old friends.

And so here I am, thinking of my grandma–so I thought I would share the sugar cookie recipe in honor of her memory.

GG’s Grandma Suzanne’s Holiday Sugar Cookie Recipe

The truth is, these holiday sugar cookies are pretty simple but what makes them unique is that there are adorned with fresh walnuts or crushed candy canes to give them a little spark.

As usual, I play with recipes and so this one makes about two dozen or so.

  • 1.5 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Cold Butter (or 1/4 C Butter & 1/4 Cup Shortening)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
  • Walnut Halves or Crushed Candy Canes

Pre-heat the oven to 350 Degrees F

Mix flour, baking powder and salt together and put aside.

Blend eggs with vanilla.

Mix butter and sugar until it gets granular.

Add eggs and then gradually add flour until it adheres together.

Chill until firm.

Roll into small dough balls and then place on baking sheets.

Cross hatch with a fork and either place a walnut half in the middle or sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

Bake in 350 degree over up to about 15 minutes and cool on baking rack.


Finally, thanks to my parking pad snow angel for looking out for me. *Smooches* to ya Bob V!

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2 Responses to “GG’s Holiday Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • 1
    Jasper Tommy
    December 14th, 2011 08:23

    I really like the nice twists you add to the sugar cookie recipes. I can’t wait to try it myself over the holidays! Would you mind sharing some of your holiday recipes on the USPS Facebook Page? Here’s the link:

    Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!

  • 2
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    December 16th, 2011 17:52

    Thanks Jasper, you can always just take a link and share it but I’ll head over and do it. Glad you stopped by.