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Grandma Glinda’s Sugar Cookies

Grandma Glinda's Sugar Cookies

Grandma Glinda’s Sugar Cookies

These cookies are tender, with a slight crunch of sugary goodness all pulled together with a beautiful imprint from a vintage drinking glass. Just like grandma used to make!

This recipe is a family favorite of Greg’s entire family. Sadly I never got to know his grandma Glinda or had the chance to try them by her hand, but at least the recipe and memories live on. Each of the children and grandchildren received a special glass and a photocopy of her notes on the recipe. Apparently she never measured anything and it was an effort of the family to get it thus far. I’ve also been told it’s not her recipe unless you have the glass, but in an effort to pass along traditions I am going to try and make an exception.

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To be honest it was really nerve racking recreating something you have no recolleciton of. I tried my best to summon my inner cooking goddess and do grandma Glinda justice. We all know that there’s a certain nostalgia from days of old, or when traditions center around certain people. Those smells, or those certain nuances are almost impossible to recreate.

Family memories in the Wojtylak household.

Family memories in the Wojtylak household. How do you recreate this?

My first attempt brought back a lot of memories for both Greg and his parents. They thought they recognized the cookies but mine were a bit more yellow (I used butter instead of margarine) and were a lot thicker than grandma Glinda used to make them.  I was told that she would make them for garage sales, usually selling more money in cookies that in items. She would also have a batch of dough balls and fresh cookies ready for Greg when he would come over after school. Apparently it always turned into a “stamp one cookie, drop one dough ball in a bowl for Greg,” kind of situation.

Dough, sugar for rolling and the vintage drinking glass that makes these grandma Glinda's signature cookies.

Dough, sugar for rolling and the vintage drinking glass that makes these grandma Glinda’s signature cookies.

Balls of dough rolled in sugar waiting to be pressed.

Balls of dough rolled in sugar waiting to be pressed.

Cookies have been flattened out with with special glass and are ready for baking.

Cookies have been flattened out with with special glass and are ready for baking.

Finished cookies ready for their display.

Finished cookies ready for their display.

I never got a chance to know Glinda, but from what I’ve gathered, her and I have a lot in common when it comes to the kitchen. Even if I will never get to know her, maybe it’s better not taking away those special moments of old, but instead making the recipe my own and creating new traditions in the process.

To full plates and eating your tarte out,

Santa or Greg came early to sample

Santa or Greg came early to sample.

Grandma Glinda's Sugar Cookies
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These cookies are tender, with a slight crunch of sugary goodness all pulled together with a beautiful imprint from a vintage drinking glass. Just like grandma used to make!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of white sugar
  2. 1 cup of butter, softened
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  5. 1 cup of powdered sugar, sifted
  6. 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  7. 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  8. 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  9. 5 cups of flour, sifted
  10. 1 cup of vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixer or by hand, combine your granulated sugar and butter. Mix in your eggs and vanilla. Then add in the remaining dry ingredients, adding the oil in as you mix everything together.
  3. Roll the dough into small balls (a heaping tablespoon or so). In a small bowl with 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, roll dough balls into the sugar and coat all sides. Place onto cookie sheet and press with a vintage glass with patterned bottom, or a regular drinking glass. Repeat this process spacing the cookies about an inch apart on all sides on the cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are slightly browned.
Notes
  1. Tip: Use different colored sugars for a pretty colored effect on the cookies.
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Written by Tarte Chic

Author Kat Nielsen (formerly Kat Wojtylak) is a creative type with an immense love for food. She maintains a day job handling marketing and brand support to various companies while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences.

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