Doris Hutchens' Sugar Cookies

These are my paternal grandmother's sugar cookies. They have become a family tradition on both sides of my family. My mom often makes them as cookie sandwiches (a slice of dough in between two warm cookies) on Christmas Eve while my family is watching It's a Wonderful Life. 


Photo Credit: Beth Katz, November 2010 (Baked for an AP German project)

My mom's recipe page for this recipe:


Full Batch Ingredients:

1 cup         margarine    (2 sticks)

1   1/4 cup     sugar

1 tsp         vanilla

1 tsp        butter-nut flavoring

1 T         milk

3         eggs

3 cups        flour

1 cup         whole wheat flour

1 tsp        baking powder

1/4 tsp     salt


Half Batch Ingredients:

1/2 cup or 1 stick    margarine

2/3 cup         sugar

1/2 tsp         vanilla

1/2 tsp         butter-nut flavoring

1/2 T             milk

1             egg

2 cups            self-rising flour



Cream sugar and margarine. Add eggs, milk, vanilla, and butter-nut. Sift together dry ingredients and add to liquid mixture. Chill dough several hours. Roll out sprinkling with sugar before rolling entirely flat. Bake at 375ºF for 8-10 minutes. These aren't very sweet, so they take frosting well. But they are great plain. 

David's Mom uses self-rising flour (4 cups) and no whole wheat. The butter-nut is the special ingredient. 

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