Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies {Aunt Vern’s Sugar Cookies}

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old fashioned sugar cookies

We call these: Aunt Vern’s Sugar Cookies


When I was growing up these were the only sugar cookie that I knew existed.

It wasn’t until I got out in this big wide world of ours, did I know that people even FROSTED sugar cookies?!?
Hey, don’t laugh.
We had 3 TV channels, 4 if you count PBS that came in fuzzy…. but we watched Electric Company anyway!
But that’s another story.
Most Christmases we cut these out with cookie cutters.  My Mom waited until Christmas break, so that my brother and I could help.
We colored our own sugar with food coloring and sprinkled them before we baked them.  If we were feeling crazy, we might add a “red hot” or two!
These days, my mom makes them just plain ‘ol round cookies, and she still colors her own sugar.  Who needs those silly sprinkles anyway?
(I have an entire DRAWER full of sprinkles!! —  It’s an addiction…kinda like shoes and lip gloss.)
She sprinkles them with red and green sugar, and she makes them for her friends and for her twin sister, and for my brother and I.
Many times, and I am not ashamed to say it, I hide these cookies from my kids.
Well, I am not TOTALLY mean, I will share SOME of them.  But if I put that tin out on my counter, it’ll be like the Cookie Monster said “Hey look over there! It’s Snuffalupagus!” and by the time I looked back ALL of them would be gone.Homemade sugar and all.
(and yes…busted…I watched Sesame Street, too)
So, I am going to share these delightful little bites with you, my virtual friends.
If you are a tea drinker…I highly recommend you brew yourself a pot when you sit down to eat all of these at once.  errr… I mean…have a cookie.

old fashioned sugar cookiesThese old fashioned sugar cookies are not overly sweet, slightly crisp and literally melt in your mouth.

If you like those chewy cookies with the icing…well, I have a recipe for you, too…these are Grandma Davis’ Sugar cookies, and they are frosted and chewy and delicious!

But in the meanwhile, these are crisp and flaky and just plain MELT in your mouth delicious!!



old fashioned sugar cookies on a white plate
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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies / Aunt Vern's Sugar Cookies

These old fashioned sugar cookies are not overly sweet, slightly crisp and literally melt in your mouth.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
Servings: 10 dozen
Calories: 63kcal
Author: An Affair from the Heart


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar


  • Preheat over to 375.
  • Cream the first 5 ingredients together. Stir the next 5 ingredients together and fold into the butter mixture and stir to combine. Form dough into small balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass in sugar and press cookies to flatten.
  • Sprinkle with colored sugar and bake for 10-12 minutes.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 40mg | Sugar: 3g

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