I grew up thinking these sugar cookies were actually famous. Turns out my mom just referred to them as famous because everyone loves them so much.

They are pretty amazing, delicious and easy to mix, bake and decorate.

Growing up we would have these cookies at our birthday parties in the number age we just turned. I've also made them for most of the baby showers I've thrown, and a few birthdays and tailgates, but Christmas is my favorite time to make them because that means red sprinkles.

My mom and I designate a day in December to be "sugar cookie day," when she is not allowed to get mad at me for making a mess. It's the best day.

You should definitely try to make these for Christmas or just a Wednesday when you need a sugar cookie.

The recipe was in a magazine sometime before 1988. My mom ripped it out and we still have that copy in her kitchen. It comes from the company C&H, they make sugars, it was an Easter magazine so they were called Sugar Bunnies.


1 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Cream butter and sugar, beat in egg and vanilla, then flour and salt until well blended.
  2. Divide dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper; wrap and flatter into 3/4-inch thick rounds.
  3. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Heat oven to 325.
  4. On a floured surface roll dough between 1/8-1/4-inch thick. Cut out. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets until lightly colored, about 12 minutes.
  5. Cool an decorate. About 5 dozen cookies

Icing Ingredients

2 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar

2 tablespoons softened butter or margarine

2 egg whites

pinch of salt

Beat all ingredients together until smooth and glossy.

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