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Sugar Cookies

From the kitchen of Karen Van Evera.

One type of Christmas cookie you’ll find in the Van Evera house.


  • 2 ½ cups sifted flour
  • 1 ½ cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Your favorite frosting


  1. Combine flour, confectioners’ sugar and salt and and sift into bowl.
  2. Cut in butter or margarine until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  3. Add egg, milk and vanilla; mix until dough holds together.
  4. Press into a ball.
  5. Wrap and chill well.
  6. Roll ½ of the dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured board.
  7. Cut into fancy shapes with floured cookie cutters.
  8. Arrange 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  9. Bake in moderate oven (375 degrees Fahrenheit) until done, about 8 minutes.
  10. Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool.
  11. Frost as desired with ornamental frosting.
  12. Recipe says it makes 4 ½ dozen − it may make three dozen.

Our frosting:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons light cream or milk
  1. Cream butter; gradually add about half the sugar, blending well.
  2. Beat in vanilla and half the cream or milk.
  3. Gradually blend in remaining sugar.
  4. Add enough cream to make of spreading consistency.

Published by kath on


#1 − You’re killing me here

  1. That I can’t have any sugar cookies you guys made is bad enough, but…
  2. Since I’m not afraid of the kitchen anymore, I figure I’d try to make some, maybe, but…
  3. Wow is that a big recipe.