Healthy after school snacks -Sugar cookies

Jul 20, 2020

Not too Sweet Sugar Cookies


When I was a new bride I received the 1978 Better Homes and Gardens Complete Step-by-Step Cookbook. Still the best cookbook I ever owned, it explained why and how in the simplest, most useful ways. I’ve passed it along to my cherished soon-to-be daughter-in-law, and yes, I miss that book! This book has our favorite sugar cookie recipe, not too sweet and the flavors mellow, tasting even better the next day. With a little touch of mace, they are light and sophisticated, yet traditional. And you probably have all the ingredients in the cupboard already! We don’t frost ours – better for school lunch travel – they are yummy with bright sugar sprinkles!


Makes about 4 dozen cookies
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/4 cup milk
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground mace
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground salt
  10. Decorator sugar sprinkles (optional)


  • Cream sugar and butter. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking powder, mace, salt; blend into creamed mixture. (Honestly, I don’t bother combining separately; simply add in the baking powder, mace and salt, blending well, then the flour about a cup at a time.) Divide in half and place into two zip-lock bags. Chill 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Prepare a surface to roll cookies by lightly sprinkling powdered sugar. This works as well as flour and maintains the light texture of the dough better. Roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with your favorite cookie cutter. Transfer to parchment paper lined baking pan.
  • Sprinkle with decorator sugar if desired. Bake for about 8 minutes, until cookies are baked thoroughly but not too crisp around edges.


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