Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Continuing with the baking...sugar cookies are delicious any time of year but I believe that they are the best at Christmas time.  Sitting by the fire and reading, while enjoying a cup of tea and a sugar cookie or two makes for a perfect afternoon or evening!

I hope you have time to bake for the holidays and to enjoy a few quiet moments...

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light-brown sugar
1 Tbsp finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) softened
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl; set aside.

Put sugars and lemon zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed 30 seconds.  
Add butter; mix until pale and fluffy, about 1 minute.  Mix in eggs, 1 at a time, the vanilla and the lemon juice.  Reduce speed; gradually add flour mixture, and mix until just combined.

Scoop the dough with a 1 1/2 inch cookie scoop. Space the cookies at least 2 inches a part on parchment-lined baking sheets. (These cookies spread when baked.)  Flatten cookies slightly with a spatula.  Sprinkle the tops with sanding sugar, then lightly brush with a wet pastry brush; sprinkle with
more sanding sugar.

Bake cookies until golden, about 15 minutes.  
Let cool on sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes.

Transfer cookies to racks using a spatula; let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.



  1. Love your pretty colored sanding sugar! Enjoy:@)

  2. These are so colorful and festive. I love old-fashioned sugar cookies. The recipients will love these.

  3. Lots of baking going on around the blogosphere these days.

  4. We have the same sanding sugar! They look amazing!

  5. Love sugar cookies at the holidays. Love also that your recipe has citrus in it, I usually put orange zest in mine. Lemon would be good too.

  6. I love the basic Christmas sugar cookie-love it. I may need to take on round of baking myself. Thanks for inspiration.


  7. Yum Kate! These are the kind of cookies my mom always made. She would hide them knowing we would find them but she thought they tasted better if they were a bit forbidden! Yours look wonderful!


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