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Butter and Sugar Cookies Recipe

By Susan Helene Kramer, alà Jane Frances Kaspar

When I was a child, my mother, sister, and I would make ten batches of these cookies, store them in saved tall Utz potato chip cans and share with relatives at Christmas – we had a big family …


Makes five dozen 3 inch diameter cookies


Bake at 375 F.




One half cup butter at room temperature

One cup granulated white sugar

Two and a half cups flour

Two and a half teaspoons baking powder

Three quarters teaspoon salt

One quarter teaspoon nutmeg or cinnamon

Two beaten eggs




Cream softened butter with sugar.


In another bowl, combine dry ingredients.


Alternately combine butter- sugar mixture with dry ingredients and beaten eggs.

I was able to use my electric hand mixer for combining all the ingredients by leaving out a cup of the flour mixture till the last.


Form into 3 flattened balls and refrigerate dough at least 2 hours. It will keep at least a month in the deep freeze in a ziplock-type baggie. If you do freeze some of the dough let it defrost thoroughly in the refrigerator for ease of rolling out.


To make cookies roll out dough on floured surface as thin as possible till almost transparent. Cut shapes with cookie cutter. Lay on greased cookie sheets and decorate as desired. I like the colored ball sprinkles for Christmas cookies.




Bake at 375 F. for 5 minutes or till desired stage of brownness. Remove from cookie sheets with a spatula and lay out on paper towels till completely cool. Store in tin cans lined with baking paper.


For the cookies in the second photo I spread on thick butter cream icing with almond flavoring, and topped with flaked coconut on the top 3 and slivered almonds on the bottom 2 cookies. All the best of cupcakes without all the calories.




Copyright 2017 Susan Helene Kramer
Santa Barbara, California USA
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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