Great-Grandma Heller's Sugar Cookies

My great-grandmother Heller struggled to raise five daughters. A tough woman with German blood, she knew how to scrimp and save with the best of 'em. This year I made her sugar cookies for the family and for a few other people. They're simple cookies with a subtle vanilla flavor that's more like a biscuit than a traditional American sugar cookie. Think a European version of sweetness. Not too sweet at all, just delicious and perfect when dunked into a cup of hot cocoa.

Grandma Heller's Sugar Cookies

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cream together:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Add 3 beaten eggs to the creamed mixture.

In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients:

  • 2/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 + 2/3 cups flour

Combine all ingredients in one bowl. Then drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Take out of oven and sprinkle with cinnamon. Then allow to cool completely.


Jenny DeWitt

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