Ethel's Sugar Cookies

Recipe for Ethel's Sugar Cookies


3/4 cup shortening (part butter)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon lemon flavoring or 1 teaspoon vanilla
2-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt


Cream shortening and sugar; beat in eggs and flavoring. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, and blend into egg mixture. Chill dough for at least 1 hour.

Roll out dough to ⅛-inch thickness on a floured board. Cut into desired shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes at 400 degrees F, until cookies are a delicate golden color.


Makes about 4 dozen.

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Ethel’s Sugar Cookies

I use both lemon and vanilla.

Ethel’s sugar cookies

This is the recipe that my mother used every year for her Christmas cookies. I continued the tradition and passed it on to my daughter. How delightful to see this featured here. Thank you for a wonderful memory.

Ethel’s delicious Sugar Cookies

My made them every year around Christmas time. The best cookies ever. But used Maple extract instead of lemon. Super Tasty with colorful sugars on top.

Sugar cookies by Ethel

What is the history of this recipe-- who is Ethel?

Ethel's Sugar Cookies

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Hi, Blue. As you can see in the intro, these cookies were made by the woman who ran the Blaine House in Augusta, Maine. She borrowed it from Betty Crocker. After an extensive search (and a search of the original Betty Crocker cookbook) we have no answer as to who Ethel is. Most likely she was someone’s mother, grandmother, or aunt and she made fabulous sugar cookies.

Ethel's Sugar Cookies

Bought the book these came from in 1967 as a new wife without two nickles to rub together! Great little cookie book, which I gave to my own daughter several years ago. She had begged for it, so the year she married I sent it to her. This is the best sugar cookie recipe you can ever find! I still make them. No, I didn't re-copy the recipe, but bought a re-issued copy of the book which my son is now begging for. Guess it may become a present for him one of these years.

Ethel’s Sugar Cookies

We got this recipe out of my mom’s big green cookbook over 50 years ago and have been cooking these awesome cookies every Christmas since. Not only are they fabulous cookies but it brings back so many memories of my mom and my own children....5 stars

This Recipe is Christmas

I have been making this recipe out of my mother's cookbook for 50 years. The tradition is, upon the first snowfall...I bake my first batch of Christmas cookies. My cookbook is in Florida at our winter home. My mother was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma in her bones and is undergoing treatment in Michigan. Don't worry, the tradition will live on, and Mom will have her Christmas cookies tonight!

Ethel’s Sugar Cookies

I have used this recipe for over 50 years. I received the Betty Crocker Cookie Cookbook when I was about 12 years old and this is the only recipe I use for my cut out cookies. I still make cut outs for every holiday and sometimes in between. Great recipe.

I have been making these for

I have been making these for over 48 years. They are a no fail cut out cookie -- perfect for cut outs. To speed up the chilling, I divide the dough in half and roll them into 2 slabs indie of plastic wrap and shill in the freezer for about 1/2 hour. Then put on a well-flowered board it rolls out very well. You may have to re-chill in refrigerator in between batches. For better flavor, I use 1/2 butter and half margarine (not the kind where first ingredient is water). I may try coconut oil this year for healthy reasons. I use vanilla, almond extract or for lemon ones add some lemon rind as well (if need more liquid, lemon juice) and frosting with lemon frosting.

I have been making these

I have been making these cookies at Christmas time,using Holiday shapes, for probably 40 yrs at least! The recipe was in my old Betty Crocker cookbook. Just before my husband passed, he bought me the new addition book and a lot of the old recipes are not in there and he insisted I throw my old, falling apart book away! Big mistake, but I'm very happy to find this recipe again and so is my family!!

I grew up with this recipe

I grew up with this recipe and it is still my favorite one to this day (I am 32). I have tried many other sugar cookies, but nothing has been better.