Sugar Cookies

We are giving up sweets for Lent here, but I made these last week just to get our pre-Lenten fix.

Here is our favorite recipe:

1 cup white sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup corn oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
4 cups flour

Cream together first six ingredients and gradually add the flour, tartar and soda.
Refrigerate for an hour until firm.
Roll out onto floured surface and punch out with cookie cutters. (We like thick ones!)
Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes (watch carefully for the right timing-just lightly browned on edges) on greased cookie sheets.

For the frosting:
3 cups powdered sugar
6 TBS butter
1 TBS vanilla extract
2 TBS milk
food coloring 

Adjust for thickness, adding a little more milk if necessary.


  1. Oh if I could just reach through the screen and sneak one of those, Sarah! Thanks for sharing the recipe...Have a happy day of love! : )

  2. oh Sarah--these look yummy!! Happy valentines Day to you and your sweet family! xo

  3. Just used your frosting recipe for my son's kindergarten class cookie decorating today. Thanks. These are beautiful.

  4. Thanks, I can't wait to try! I'm goiing to attempt to give up sweets also, but I don't know if I have the willpower.

  5. Torture! We are giving up sweets for Lent, too. :) Happy Valentines Day!

  6. Hi Sarah, Can't wait to try your recipe, but what is the measurement for corn oil? You have 1/2 corn oil, is it cup or table spoon. Obviously I am not much of a baker! Could you please clarify, Thanks

    Julie :)

  7. Could you please let me know if you can substitute canola oil for the corn oil? Also, what is the quantity needed for the recipe? TIA

  8. Sorry-it's 1/2 cup and you can substitute canola oil!