Perfect Sugar Cookie Recipe from the 1940’s

This sugar cookie recipe is very special to me, because it was my grandmother’s recipe. She clipped it out of a newspaper sometime in the 1940’s. It was re-written on a piece of paper, which I still have, stains and all!

Everyone needs a basic sugar cookie recipe! Growing up it was always a tradition to make these sugar cookies for Christmas with my mom. I have carried this tradition on with my kids now too! I can remember as a kid always eating these while frosting them. I couldn’t resist. My kids do the very same thing! Frost one, eat one, frost one, eat one! Lol! These sugar cookies are the best! Let’s be honest, we need to continue to pass along recipes from the past when we can. These cookies are made with love!

This recipe makes a lot of cookies! You could cut it in half, thirds or make the whole thing and freeze some fully baked cookies for later. Bake these right, and they are soft and oh so delicious! Depending on the size of the cookie they will need to bake at different times. The bite size cookies can really bake in 4-5 minutes and the larger cookies are done in about six minutes. I like them a little brown on the bottom, but not on the top. Underdone is better than overdone!

You are definitely going to need a stand mixer for this recipe. There is a lot of flour and you have to add it slowly while the dough is mixing.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups Shortening (I use Spectrum because it is soy free!)
  • 3 Cups sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 8 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Blend shortening, sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla
  • In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients
  • Slowly add in the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until well incorporated
  • Once it’s mixed, put in the refrigerator for 15+ minutes until chilled
  • On a well floured counter roll out dough 1/8th of an inch thick
  • Bake 5-7 minutes
  • Let fully cool before frosting

These cookies are so good! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

Lemon Buttercream

Lemon Buttercream is so delicious! My dad is a true lemon lover and he just celebrated his 66th birthday. So what better to make then lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream! I will say he probably loves chocolate more than lemon, but my mom does not and I aim to please everyone!

This lemon buttercream has just enough sweet and tart to make the perfect frosting. It is so simple to make and I used real lemons. My kids liked watching me make this because they could not resist taking the left over lemons and licking them……soooo sour! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Anyway you only need 4 ingredients! Butter, lemon, powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream (or milk will do).

This buttercream tastes so good on lemon cupcakes, and it’s not too much lemon, I swear! Both kids and adults were raving about these cupcakes! And if I am being completely honest, I made the cake from a box mix – Betty Crocker Super Moist Lemon! So good, and soy free!

As you can see below the buttercream has the perfect consistency for piping!

Ingredients

1 Stick of unsalted butter

Juice from 1 lemon

5 cups of powdered sugar

4-5 Tbsp of heavy whipping cream

Instructions

You need to start with your butter at room temperature. You can put it in the microwave for 15 seconds to speed up the process.

Then in your stand mixer, cream the butter.

Add in the juice from 1/2 of a lemon

Then add in the powdered sugar 1/2 a cup at a time while continually mixing. while alternating with 1 tbsp of cream until all used

Gradually add in the rest of the lemon juice.

If you want your buttercream to be creamier – add in more cream!

Store in the refrigerator if you are not going to use right away. You can store for about a week (depending on the expiration date of your butter and cream).

Put in a piping bag and decorate your dessert or spread on with a knife!!!

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting! Yum!!! I made this frosting recipe to go with the delicious homemade cinnamon rolls I made for Thanksgiving brunch. I have to admit that I do use canned cream cheese frosting from time to time, but there is nothing like homemade frosting!

This Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is really simple, and in all honestly takes less than 10 minutes to make. However, cream cheese can be frustrating to work with. If it’s not at room temperature, it will get CHUNKY. No one wants chunky frosting…

You are going to have to let the cream cheese sit out for at least 30 minutes. You may even need to put it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. You do not want it to melt though so be careful! Also make sure that the butter is room temperature as well.

Cream together the butter and the cream cheese and then add in the vanilla and salt. After that add in the sugar one cup at a time and alternate with one tablespoon of the heavy whipping cream. Easy as that!!!

Tip – If you are putting this on Cinnamon rolls, you probably only need half of this recipe. You can also add in more cream if you want this to be more of a “drizzle”.

Store the frosting in the refrigerator until needed. You can store up to 1 week. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Simple Cinnamon Cupcakes

I needed a simple dessert to take to a holiday party with adults and children. Cupcakes are simple, especially for a party. You can just grab one, they are already portion controlled and there is no cutting involved. They are kid friendly and adults love them too!

These cupcakes needed simple and different than your “ordinary” cupcake. I wanted them to be festive for the holidays and delicious of course! I came across a lot of different cinnamon cupcakes, but I really wanted a recipe that was easy. So I decided to just start with a box of cake mix and add some cinnamon, and that’s what I did! I can’t thank myself enough, because these simple cinnamon cupcakes were amazing!!

I used a box of yellow cake mix, and followed the instructions on the box. Additionally, I added two teaspoons of cinnamon and one tablespoon of pure vanilla extract. That was it! So simple and yet so very tasty. Not only did I make cinnamon cupcakes, I topped them with cinnamon buttercream. Now I know you might be thinking, “that’s too much cinnamon”…but it wasn’t, I swear they were sooooooo good! I do have to say these cupcakes would be great with regular buttercream or cream cheese frosting, but please try with the cinnamon buttercream first!!

If you really want to “wow” your guests, pipe on the frosting with a little swirl and put in a pastry box. You can buy the boxes at Joann fabrics, Walmart and Party City. I swear people are more impressed with the box I bring them in than the cupcakes themselves! Everyone at the party thought I bought them!

Side note – These cupcakes can be eaten for breakfast…….just sayin’

Here is the recipe for Simple Cinnamon Cupcakes

You can’t forget the cinnamon buttercream!

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Cinnamon Buttercream

Buttercream is arguably the best part of a dessert. Lately I have been making a good amount of buttercream frosting, and this is my new favorite. With the holidays right around the corner this is the perfect recipe. To me cinnamon represents all the smells and tastes of the holiday season. I just love it!

This recipe is great for holiday desserts, and sweet breakfast treats too! Can you imagine this on banana bread?! I can, and I am going to make some, just as soon as my banana’s turn ripe enough!

I created this cinnamon buttercream to go with my cinnamon cupcakes for a work party. They turned out so delicious and it was just the right amount of cinnamon. Everyone at the party, adults and kids alike, thought I bought them and that is always the highest compliment!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or milk

Instructions

  • In your stand mixer (I use my KitchenAid) with the paddle attachment, add the softened butter. If you don’t have enough time to let this softened, you can stick it in the microwave for 15 seconds or so and it should do the trick!
  • Beat butter on medium to high until creamy
  • Add vanilla and salt
  • Gradually add powdered sugar and alternate adding in cream
  • Continue beating for 2-3 minutes on medium
  • Turn to high speed once sugar is incorporated
  • Add in the cinnamon and fully mix it

If frosting is too stiff add in more milk or cream 1 tsp at a time and beat until combined.

Spread on Cake and/or put in piping bags

Enjoy 🙂

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