Grandma Nielsen’s Sugar Cookies -Midsummer edition

Submitted by the Sara Winter


My Danish Great Grandma, Anna, was always busy in the kitchen cooking up the best food for friends and family. She was a strong member of the Danish sisterhood where she was able to keep her Danish traditions strong. I was lucky enough to spend a few days a week with her as a child while my parents were working. We played dolls, made forts and always baked! I had my very own cookie jar with a variety of the week’s cookies. Most with a little bite taken out of each one, too good to eat the whole thing at once.


I would like to share with you her Sugar cookie recipe. Many of you might have had these from me over the years as they are my go to when it comes to a sugar cookie! Today we made them Dala horses for our ‘at home’ Midsummer celebration. Since my grandma’s son married a Swede, I’m sure she would have loved it!



Start with 1 cup butter, I always use salted for flavor. Cream butter with 1 cup sugar.

When butter and sugar are creamed together, mix one egg until fully mixed.

In a separate bowl, mix together 2 ½ cup flour and ½ teas. Soda.

Slowly add flour mixture into creamed mixture.

When almost fully mixed add 2 TB’s cream. I used whipping cream, but you can use half and half or even whole milk.

Mix just until blended together and dough begins to form into one ball.

Roll dough out on a floured surface and cut with your favorite shape cookie cutter!

Sprinkle with a little sugar or sprinkles. Today, I sprinkled mine with sugar in the raw (keep it natural)!


Bake at 375 on an ungreased cookie sheet for 12 minutes. Cookies are done when they begin to brown on the edges. Transfer to a cooling rack and enjoy!



Ingredients for Grandma Nielsen’s Sugar cookies:

· 2 ½ cups flour

· ½ teaspoon Soda

· 1 cup butter

· 1 cup sugar

· 1 egg

· 2 TB Cream


Steps for making Grandma Nielsen’s Sugar cookies:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375.

  2. Cream together butter and sugar. Mix in egg.

  3. In separate bowl mix flour and soda.

  4. Add flour mixture to butter mixture.

  5. Mix in Cream.

  6. Roll out dough on floured surface and cut into shapes.

  7. Sprinkle with sugar and bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 12 minutes. Cool on rack and store in airtight container.


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