Grandma's sugar cookies

Christmas time brings many things to our lives. It can bring joy, hope, peace, generosity and love.

Looking at Christmases past, I can remember all the emotions that the holidays would bring.

I remember waking up Christmas morning to find that Santa had arrived and left behind a room full of toys and other gifts. This showed me as a child that if I was good there was generosity. The joy was getting all the things I wanted.

Another thing I loved about Christmas was my grandma’s sugar cookies.

My grandma’s sugar cookies were a holiday tradition. She made dozens of cookies and other holiday treats. The cookies were a hot commodity between my brothers and cousins. It was a fight to get in the door at grandma and grandpa’s house to get the first cookie.

The older I became, the harder it was for grandma and grandpa to buy Christmas presents for me. Or maybe they just didn’t want the stress of finding the perfect gift.

I can remember one year my grandma asked me what I wanted and I told her my very own sugar cookies. I can remember the joy in her voice with my answer. That year I received the best present with my very own tin full of her sugar cookies.

Guess what my brothers and cousins asked for the following year? Yes, their very own sugar cookies.

As years passed, grandma could no longer bake her sugar cookies due to her health. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease the same year I lost my mother to cancer.

I asked grandma for her sugar cookie recipe. She replied, “I don’t remember, and I never wrote it down.”

She always claimed it was a secret recipe. I asked my aunt and she didn’t have it. When I asked my cousin, I scored the secret recipe.

After getting my hands on the secret recipe I baked my first batch. And I nailed it. I had my grandma’s sugar cookies.

I called grandma and told her I made her sugar cookie recipe and that they turned out really good. She replied, “I am sure they did, but they are probably not as good as mine.”

She had a very valid point. They weren’t hers.

As we celebrate the holidays, remember that it is not always the gifts that we buy that makes the holiday it is the memories that will last in our minds.

I’m sharing my grandma’s sugar cookie recipe. I hope you enjoy them. Merry Christmas!

Sugar Cookies


2 cups sugar

1 cup butter

2 eggs

2 tsp cream of tartar

½ tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup Mazola oil

5 cups flour

2 tsp soda


Bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes on non-greased cookie sheet.


Butter cream


Powder sugar

No measurements for the frosting — that must have been her secret.

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