Posted on 09-06-2010
Filed Under (Family & Friends, Recipes &Cooking) by Charla

My mother-in-law’s favorite sugar cookie recipe is a special family recipe!  She’s been making these cookies for years and got the recipe from another relative.  My m-i-l needs to gain weight so I suggested we make these cookies while we were there visiting this summer.  I don’t know if she gained any weight….but I definitely did!!  Oh well, now I remember why I rarely bake cookies.

These cookies are soft and yet delicately crisp at the same time.  They’re rich tasting and melt in your mouth.  They should be rich tasting considering they have one cup of oil and one cup of butter (the Pioneer Woman would like all the butter in these!)  In my opinion, I think these cookies would be great to serve at a wedding or baby shower, especially if rolled in colored sugar to match the colors of the shower.  They’re definitely not healthy so really these should be just special occasion cookies.  Here’s the recipe:


  • 1 cup sugar (plus extra sugar to roll the cookies in)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Colored sugar for special occasions


Combine the sugars, butter, oil and salt.  Beat well with mixer.  Add eggs.  Add dry ingredients.  Chill dough.  Make into balls, roll in sugar, and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

Here are the cookies we made at my mother-in-law’s house.  Wish I could take one off the plate right now!

(7) Comments   


1 - Firefly on 6 September, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

Yummy cookies 🙂 I love sugar cookies, will definitely have to try this recipe 🙂

2 - Jenny on 7 September, 2010 at 3:33 am #

i would also add some melted chocolate or icing on top, just for the design of course 🙂

3 - alicia on 7 September, 2010 at 6:43 am #

Thanks so much for linkin up for tasty tuesdays. Believe it or not, I don’t have a great sugar cookie recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

4 - Jami on 7 September, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

I always seem to prefer these simple, old fashioned recipes in the end. Thanks for sharing.

5 - Anele on 9 September, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

Dang those look good! LOL

6 - Queens on 15 October, 2010 at 1:32 am #

You have defined very nice recipe in this article.I like it very much.These cookies have always been a favourite of mine.I like the fact that your recipe doesn’t call for melted chocolate like a lot of others do.That means it’ll definitely be possible for me to make these. Great recipe.

7 - kopi luwak coffee on 4 November, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

it looks simple cookies at the first sight, but i think it’s tasty… i’ll try to bake that this weekend with a cup of kopi luwak coffee…

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