I am so excited to share with you one of my childhood favorites. My great-grandma Fern made the best easy sugar cookie recipe. It’s what I remember most about her. We would walk into her home and she would be sitting in her chair watching Little House on the Prairie while quilting. Quilting by hand, mind you. But atop her kitchen table was also a beautiful glass cookie jar. That jar was always filled with sugar cookies. We would run into the house and stop first, always, at the cookie jar. We’d grab a cookie and then run into the front room where we would find her.
It’s been years since I’ve even thought about those cookies. My mom now has her beautiful cookie jar. And while I absolutely love the traditional sugar cookie recipe and the easy sugar cookie frosting it goes with, it’s a lot of work. So when my mom found my great grandma’s recipe last week, I had to try it. This seriously is the THE BEST easy sugar cookie recipe. There is no rolling out the dough or cutting them out. And while that can sometimes be fun, these are easy for a reason. They pack in all the deliciousness of the traditional sugar cookie but they are so much easier and faster to make!
And when I took that first bite after making them, I was transported back to my great-grandma’s house. The familiar taste was there. I just love how family recipes will bring back memories. And now I’m excited to share this cookie recipe with you to make memories with your family.
To make these cookies you will need:
1 Cup margarine
1 Cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 Cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tarter
Mix the flour, cream of tarter and baking soda together. Set aside. Cream the sugar and margarine. Add your egg and mix well. Add the vanilla.
Mix in the dry ingredients that you previously mixed together. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Now for the fun part! Roll the dough into balls. I use this cookie scoop to get the exact measurement every time. And then roll those balls into sugar. You can roll your dough into regular sugar. And it’s delicious. However, if you’re wanting to make some fun grab some colored sugar.
Pretty, right? Here’s one important thing about this recipe. You’ll want to make sure you chill the dough in between each batch. The cookies are so much easier to roll in sugar (and they’ll bake better) if they stay chilled.
Here’s another shot. My kids loved this step. Again, you can use white sugar. It is just not as fun. 🙂 One thing I want to note is that my first batch I did on my air bake pans. Because of the sugar they were STUCK afterwards. I pulled out some parchment paper and it made them not stick at all. Lesson learned. Use parchment paper. Or you can use silicone baking mats. Have you tried them yet? I’m curious as to whether they work.
Bake for 10 minutes in a preheated 375 degrees Fahrenheit oven. These cookies are soft and fluffy with a delicious crisp from the sugar. They really are the best easy sugar cookie recipe!
- 1 Cup margarine
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2¼ Cups all purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp cream of tarter
- Combine flour, cream of tarter and baking soda. Set aside.
- Cream sugar and margarine.
- Add egg and mix well.
- Add the vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients to the mixer. Mix well.
- Chill the dough for at least one hour.
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop a small amount of dough into your hand and roll the dough.
- Roll the ball of dough around in the sugar until fully covered.
- Bake in a 375 degrees fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes.
- *Use parchment paper to avoid the cookies from sticking.
- *Chill dough in the refrigerator between batches.