I haven't had this cookie in YEARS! I was so surprised when reviewing the church cookbook, that Grandma gave me when I was 5 years old, to find her name next to a recipe for sugar cookies. That had to be her signature cookie. Mine are missing her years of expertise, but this was definitely her recipe, and I am so happy to have it in my collection! Grandma's sugar cookie is a crisp cookie, with just the faintest hint of lemon. Perfect with a cup of tea!
Grandma's Favorite Sugar Cookie
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp lemon extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
Nonpareils, optional or other seasonal sprinkles
In large mixing bowl, add powdered sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, butter, egg and vanilla. Mix until all ingredients are combined. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, mixing until all ingredients are combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for one hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop dough using a small cookie scoop, roll dough into balls, then roll in remaining granulated sugar. Place on baking sheet several inches apart. Flatten ball with fork that has been dipped in sugar. Sprinkle with nonpareils. Bake about 13-15 minutes or until edges are a just turning a very light tan.
Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.
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