There are a million different recipes for Sugar Cookies out there, I know.  What’s special about this one, you ask?  Well, it doesn’t have any secret ingredients or anything.  But it’s a special recipe to us because it’s the recipe John’s mom always used at Christmas. And according to John, the cookies have to be pink and mint green, too, because that’s how he remembers them from childhood (remember back in the 80s when all food coloring only made pastel colors?).   But I will tell you it’s a solid sugar cookie recipe and they keep their shape well.

Sugar Cut Outs   (makes 2 dozen)

3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt


No instructions come with this recipe because it’s an old one.  Here’s how I make them:  cream butter (room temperature) and sugar together until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and mix until well combined.  Add vanilla.  Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.  Add dry ingredients gradually until just combined.  Separate dough into 2 flat circles, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill them at least one hour.
Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch and cut with cutters.  Bake 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees.

Sugar Cut Out Icing (please don’t buy icing in a can, please)

2 tablespoons butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla


Add milk to desired consistency.