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Grandma Sadie's Brown Sugar Sugar Cookies

Sadie's Brown Sugar Sugar Cookies

The BEST cut-out sugar cookie ever (IMHO).

Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword sugar cookies; brown sugar sugar cookies; brown sugar cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 172 kcal
Author Recipe Idea Shop/Lois Carter Crawford



  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening (Crisco or Butter)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon warm water
  • 4 cups flour (For Gluten Free: eliminate flour and substitute 2 cups Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gulten Free Baking Flour and 2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour + 1 teaspoon Xanthin Gum)


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring optional
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon margarine or butter
  • a few drops of food coloring



  1. Cream brown sugar and shortening.

  2. Add egg and vanilla.
  3. Mix in cream of tartar and salt.
  4. Add soda to warm water and then mix into dough.
  5. Mix in flour 1 cup at a time. Dough will be a bit sticky.

  6. Chill overnight or at least one hour.
  7. Roll out, cut and bake at 325F degrees for about 10-11 minutes or until the tops are turning a little brown.

  8. Cool on racks.

  9. While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting as follows and frost cookies when cool.


  1. Mix all the frosting ingredients with a spoon (or electric beater) until creamy smooth, but not liquid. Add a little milk or a little powdered sugar as needed to give it the right consistency.
  2. If you think the frosting is too sweet, add just a dash of salt and that will help reduce the sweetness.
  3. Frost cookies and top with sprinkles, nonpariels, cinnamon hearts, or other toppings.
  4. Store the frosted cookies in an airtight container with wax paper between layers.
  5. Grab and eat on the run or serve on a pretty plate for guests.


Recipe Notes

Be sure to make the dough ahead of time because you have to chill it at least an hour before rolling it out.