Butterscotch Rolled Cookies

103I’ve made these cookies since I was a little girl.  They are, I think, the perfect “cut-out” cookie.  Not teeth-hurting sweet, with gobs of shortening, and not so spicy like gingerbread.  Just the perfect in-between.
Here’s what you need:
2 2/3 cup (or one bag) of granulated brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Make sure you buy granulated brown sugar!  It’s quite different from plain.024
Mix sugar, salt and butter in a large mixing bowl. 
Beat eggs and vanilla into mixture until light and fluffy.
Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and cinnamon, and gradually blend into sugar ingredients.
Chill well.  (About an hour at least.)
Roll dough out on well floured surface.  Cut into shapes.
Bake on lightly sprayed cookie sheets at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
Yield: 4-8 dozen depending on shapes.

Here’s the glaze I like to use:
Blend until smooth:
3 cups confectioners sugar
2 slightly beaten egg whites
2 TBS melted butter
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Add a little water if you want it thinner (my favorite), or add more sugar for thicker glaze.


  1. Mmmm. Those look yummy! Thanks for another great cookie recipe! I'll be making your shortbread ones on Friday. I can't wait to try them!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I have a cookie exchange for my son's preschool class on Friday andvthese will be perfect!

  3. Hi Sarah, thank you for sharing yet again a lovely recipe! I have a question though; I live in the Middle East and we don't get granulated brown sugar? We get Demerara Brown Sugar, would that work? Can you tell me why it is better? Hmmm.....Thanks!

  4. Oh these look delicious.
    Can't wait to get baking next week!
    Enjoy the day Sarah

  5. That first pic of the cookies with the little *o* look on his face in the background is priceless. Totally captures the magic of Christmas and cookies at the same time!

  6. These sound yummy!! If it wasn't snowing so hard right now I would head to the grocery store for the ingredients!! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. I just popped over from your article on Blissfully Domestic Parenting (where I am also a contributor!) I soooooo appreciate your article and your values. I love your site and will be subscribing today.

    Also, I'm marking this cookie recipe. I will be making them with my kiddos next week.


  8. This is a true "Ohio" cookie if I ever saw one! My grandmother and step-grandmother always made these. We make them with white sugar now but decorating with RedHots has always been a favorite!

  9. Yum, something new I can try this year Thanks! Hey I wanna see a picture of your Christmas words hanging from your kitchen valance. Please?

  10. I wish I could just come live at your house for a month... you're doing all the things I want to, but can't bring myself to. In fact, my procrastination means that I have to bake about 200 homemade oreo cookies tonight. It's not fun when you're under pressure like that!

  11. yum.
    i would love to make these!
    i am saving my baking my next week....but honestly don't really want to do it at all.
    but these sound super good.

  12. Awesome! I love kid-friendly cookie recipes, especially the not too sweet type! That picture of your youngest licking the spoon makes me smile - so cute. :)

  13. Oh my goodness. I'll send you my address;)

  14. Made them last night-Very very good:)

  15. We made them last night...YUM!

  16. Making them today! And I love that I am not the only mom who lets her kid eat raw cookie dough...with raw eggs-gasp! :)

  17. My kids and I made these yesterday and ate them in the car while we looked at Christmas lights last night. Delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. Can't find granulated brown sugar anywhere! Boo hoo. I want to make these so bad! Wonder if regular brown sugar would kill them?