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Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies

Use this old fashioned soft sugar cookies recipe to make cookies just like your grandma. So delicious, these soft sugar cookies are the perfect sweet treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 3 dozen
Author Ann Drake


  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 cups all purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, or bowl of a standing mixer, combine the sugars, eggs, shortening, and vanilla.
  • Beat for 2 minutes, making sure to scrape the bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, gently whisk together the baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and flour.
  • Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture in 3 increments, alternating with the buttermilk.
  • Beat just until completely mixed together.
  • Cover loosely and refrigerate dough for 2 hours.
  • Using a 2 inch scoop, drop the dough onto a parchment covered cookie sheet. The scoops should be scant, and not over-filled.
  • Carefully sprinkle sugar on each cookie dough scoop.
  • Bake for 10 to 11 minutes. The cookies will crack on top. Test with a toothpick to make sure the middle is done.
  • Let cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Remove to a cooling rack.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container.