I am so excited to share with you today the BEST EVER sugar cookie and buttercream frosting recipes! These recipes come straight from the kitchen of my wonderful mother, Grandma Linda. These amazing cookies have blessed us for decades. They have visited us during holidays, birthdays, family get-togethers, and classroom parties. It’s so fun to see all the wonderful shapes these cookies have taken on over the years. What’s even more amazing is that my mom has decided to dish out these recipes to my readers…and not just the recipes…but all her tips too!
Grandma Linda’s Sugar Cookie Recipe
Get your recipe printable here: Grandma Linda’s Sugar Cookie Recipe
¾ cup salted butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Yields 4 dozen cookies – if using a 3 inch cutter.
Remove butter and eggs and allow to come to room temperature.
Mix butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla thoroughly with a hand or stand mixer.
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt together. Then, blend into butter mixture.
Roll into ball and cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour. You can also let chill overnight, if so, let dough sit out for ½ – 1 hour prior to rolling.
Heat oven to 400°.
Roll dough 1/8” thick on a lightly floured surface.
Cut with cookie cutter.
Place on parchment paper on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 6-8 minutes or until cookies are a delicate golden color.
We are huge fans of Grandma’s homemade buttercream frosting! It has the perfect combination of sweetness with creamy texture. And, we have had many cookie decorating competitions over the years!
Grandma Linda’s Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Get your recipe printable here: Grandma Linda’s Buttercream Frosting Recipe
8 ounce cream cheese block
½ cup salted butter
3 cups confectioner’s sugar (plus ¼ cup if needed)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Yields 3 cups
Set out cream cheese and butter to warm/soften to room temperature.
Using a large bowl and hand/stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter on high until smooth and creamy.
Add 3 cups of confectioner’s sugar and vanilla. Beat on low for at least 40 seconds, then switch to high speed and mix for at least another 2 minutes until blended. If you feel frosting is too thin add another ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar and mix until blended.
If desired, now add food coloring and mix through. If mixing multiple colors, divide frosting into smaller bowls and add individual colors.
These sugar cookies make a perfect after school treat! Thanks Grandma Linda! oxoxo
Grandma Linda knows her grandbabies are allergic to red dye 40. She uses dye free food colorant and sprinkles from India Tree. The white sprinkles are from Wilton. You can find these dye free sprinkles on Amazon.
Nothing makes a baker happier than seeing crumbs! Delicious!
Here are some throwback photos from 2011!
Poor Grandma’s house will never be the same again! She wouldn’t have it any other way! Love these memories! Now go bake some cookies! oxoxo
Farrah Lily says
Awww, these look awesome! I will have to try them out. 🙂
Gena Ryan says
James will love making these with me. Making memories with his,GG.
So great! Your Mom makes the best cookies! I will always remeber the ones she would bring for Christmas. Not only are the delicious but also so beautiful! What great memories that the girls will cherish forever!
I want to do these w Noelle eventually!!! And I love the pics!!! It takes a special Grandma to create such special memories and such delicious cookies 😉
Julie G. says
Not even kidding these are the best sugar cookies ever!!!! I think the special ingredient is love from my mom! I remember when she would send care packages to college and she would always include her sugar cookies!!!! All my friends loved them!! Now my daughter and husband love them too!!!
Love it. And they sure are super memories.