Grandma's Sugar Cookies

My grandmother made fantastic sugar cookies. They were always fluffy and soft, with a sweet icing (you could die for). When my grandmother passed her cookbooks down to me, I found the special recipe. She was so proud to find out that I used her recipe to make my dad’s father’s day gift. However, I added a little “extra” and modified it just a little but shhh don’t tell her!

Grandma’s Sugar Cookies


  • -2 cups flour
  • -1tbsp baking powder
  • -1 cup sugar
  • -3tbsp powder sugar
  • - 3/4 cup of shortening (very important that it is shortening)
  • -1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • - 1 drop of orange oil
  • -2 tbsp of orange rind
  • -1 tsp of salt
  • -2 tbsp of light brown sugar
  • -2 eggs
  • -1/4 cup of cool water
  • ~ICING~

  • -condensed milk
  • -powedered sugar


  1. mix flour, baking powder, salt and powder sugar. in another bowl lightly beat eggs, vanilla, orange oil and orange rind together. mix both batters together. add shortening and mix/fold well. then gradually add sugar and brown sugar. lastly, slowly mix in water (you may need less or more water). roll out dough and use cute cookie cutters to create fun cookies. place in oven at 375 degrees for 17minutes (or until lightly brown).
  2. ICING: when cookies are cool, mix condensed milk and powdered sugar to create a sweet icing. ice cookies and sprinkle with bright colored jimmies, sugar crystals or small candies.

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