Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

I visited an old friend on mine in Oman a couple of weeks ago. I was going to see her after 15 years – yes, that is after school! You could wonder how excited I was. Iwanted to ensure that I would make something with my own hands and take it for her as a token of love. That was when I remembered that I was yet to complete the month’s Home Baker’s Challenge, which is hosted by the lovely Priya, who blogs at “Cook Like Priya“. The list she provided were some lovely Christmas bakes, of which I zeroed on these cookies, as they seemed easy to make yet perfect for gifting to somebody. I made the recipe into half and got quite a big quantity of cookies, which I carried completely for her children. I don’t have to say that the whole day, we chatted like school children – like she said, the only thing missing on us were the school uniforms! The kids were amused by the way their mothers, all of a sudden at the sight of their old schoolmates, could behave smaller than them!!! She kept talking about all the letters I had written to her, the gifts I gave her in school and so many minute details, which I felt so sorry, that I remembered nothing about! She had preserved all my memories, while all I had of hers is a couple of photographs and her writings in my autograph book.


All I have to say is a big thank you to Priya for sharing this recipe, which is definitely a keeper. The pictures were taken from my mobile camera, as I was already late in baking them, had to pack up all and get ready to leave early the next day morning, so I am so sorry for the bad quality pictures! πŸ™


Recipe Courtesy: Food Network

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 36 mini cookies
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Sugar strands for decoration


  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  • In another bowl, combine and mix well the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir flour into the butter mixture, little by little at a time and combine into a dough. Chill dough for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Put parchment paper on a flat baking tray.
  • Divide the dough into three parts. Roll out on a well floured surface into 1/2 inch thickness. Using your favorite cookie cutters (I used the small star and heart) cut them and put them on to the tray. Sprinkle sugar strands on the cookies and bake them for 10 minutes. Cool them completely on a wire rack.


The original recipe had asked to brush milk before sprinkling the sugar strands, which I conveniently forgot, but made not much difference on the cookies.
The cookies may be soft when out of the oven but hardens as it cools, so do not bake more than the mentioned time.
I used the mini cutters, if you are using the big cutters, then bake for an average of 15 minutes.

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  1. Recipe is so simple yet so elegant πŸ™‚ Nice results dear! Glad to know u met ur school frnd and did so much chit chat, Other day i was out with my mom and unexpectedly I saw my frnd in school days after almost 12yrs I told her hi and she wasnt able to recognize me as i was wearing niqab, with a excited tone both of us started hw r u? and after that we had nothing to talk n share πŸ™‚ finally there was bye and we left!

    1. these cookies r simple to make! i have come across this many times where we get stuck for words to ask when we suddenly see friends on the way… πŸ™‚

  2. its so true..that at times..the old fashioned ones are more in demand and liked than the latest trendy ones… cute cookies, dearo (y).

    1. thank a lot, sona dear…

  3. Rafee what a great gesture for your friend πŸ™‚ I am sure you ate on few of these as kids too πŸ˜› seriously didn't know these were mobile clicks if you had not mentioned. Despite juggling around work and family you could participate just makes me believe how much of a sweet tooth you have :P… thanks for participating and sending you some warm hugs your way

    1. BTW I baked your eggless marble cake as well for her, and it turned out so good that she wouldn't believe me that they were eggless!!! πŸ™‚ And have never had cookies when we were small, bcoz my mom was never into these kind of things… if I am to participate, I somehow ensure by pushing into my schedule… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot priya…

  4. Its nice to catch up with old friends isn't it? These cookies look so fab, and it didnt look like mobile click at all! I made some a while back, and yet to frost them..maybe should just enjoy as it is..:-)

    1. oh yes, it is jehanne… thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  5. Same thing had happened when I saw my degree classmate on my sister's marriage. I invited them for marriage but they are all busy with family so I didn't expect. You know when I saw them I cried… after that I couldn't concentrate anything I was with them whole day ….last time we met on my marriage 5 year before.
    Cookies looks so perfect dear I tried different cookies but never came out well πŸ™

    1. oh wow… how emotional it gets, i can understand! having stayed there for a day and chatted to her like crazy, i started weeping like a kid when i hugged her goodbye… life after all… do try these resna, they should come out well… πŸ™‚

  6. Cookies look yummy and cute…

    1. thank u so much preeti…

  7. The pics sure don't look like a Mobile click and look great esp the first one πŸ™‚ cookies looks really delicious Rafee

    1. thank u so much rekha… πŸ™‚

  8. Super clicks dear.lovely cookies and super gift to your frnd

    1. thank u so much ramya…

  9. Meeting old friends is always a cherished moment. So nice of you to bake some cookies and go to meet your friend. Clicks don't look like mobile clicked ones, they look perfect!

    1. thank u so much priya…

  10. cookies looks so cute dear…Am sure ur friend love these cuties…

    1. thank u so much saranya…

  11. they look absolutely yumm! Buttery and soft..

    1. thank u so much roshni…

  12. So good and perfect cookies for the season…

    1. thank u so much rumana…

    1. thank u so much babitha…

  13. wow wow fantastic sugar cookies πŸ™‚ they look simply superb and so perfectly baked dear !!

    1. thank u so much manjula… πŸ™‚

  14. Drooling here. Very inviting.

    1. thank u so much divya…

  15. Cookies luks sooo gud, and the pic has come out perfect…. Didn't know these r so easy to make…:)

    1. yes these are super easy razina… do try them! thanks a lot… πŸ™‚

  16. That was a great gesture to take cookies for ur friend Rafee….Cookies look absolutely delicious…and had u not mentioned I would have never got to know that the pics were taken on ur mobile…they look good.

    1. thank u so much anupa…

  17. perfect cookies for Christmas season and nice clicks they don't look like mobile clicks.

    1. thank u so much lisha…

  18. Cookies perfect for this holiday season!! loved all your clicks and your writing style Dear!!

    1. thank u so much suja…

  19. So beautiful stars loove old fashioned cookies..hmm meeting friends don't tell me about that πŸ™

    1. thank u so much meena… i keep meeting my school frnds over here, they become such stress busters… πŸ™‚

  20. i can feel the excitement u would have had while baking these cookies. After all u r meeting ur frnd after so many yrs.. Its such a wonderful feeling. n wen we meet we just forget everything n we r back to the good old days. These cookies have made the ocassion more spl..good gesture Rafee

    1. yes, it was really a wonderful feeling smitha… baking for her was also really exciting… thanks a lot dear…

  21. When we meet our old friends we carry our memories with new idea..its a perfect gesture from your side to bake cookies..Lovely shapes and wonderful clicks.

    1. thank u so much vidya…

  22. Cookies look great. A really nice gesture from you.

    1. thank u so much humi…

  23. sooo yummy cookies…..with beautiful clicks…..n tz so wonderful to meet school frnds which will make us to trip into our school days…….

    1. thank u so much remya…

  24. They look very very beautiful, perfect for the season! πŸ™‚ Lovely token of love to a friend whom you met after 15 years! πŸ™‚ WOWIE

    1. Thank u so much sangee… πŸ™‚

  25. Meeting old friends is always good & exciting. I'm sure she loved these cute cookies πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much ambreen… πŸ™‚

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