Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies


2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
grated zest of 1 lemon
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
2 tablespoons milk
colored decorating sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg.

In another bowl, cream butter, then add salt and lemon zest, and gradually the sugar. Beat in eggs and milk, and little by little add the dry sifted ingredients.

Drop by spoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle each cookie with sugar and bake for about 12 minutes.

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My daughter loves these

My daughter loves these cookies! I leave out the nutmeg, but I do use the lemon rind. Her classmates love them as well and ask me to bring them for school parties. There's something about a nice, old-fashioned cookie that even sophisticated 3rd graders appreciate.

can the lemon rind be

can the lemon rind be optional?

Yes, though we think the

Yes, though we think the lemon rind adds flavor (without the sourness).