Grandma's Soft Sugar Cookies

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45 minutes 4 Dozen Cookies Print RecipeEmail Recipe


1 1⁄3cupsugar (separated)
1cupbrown sugar (firmly packed)
2 eggs
1⁄2teaspoonlemon extract
1teaspoonground nutmeg
3 1⁄2cupflour (sifted)
2teaspoonbaking powder
1teaspooncream of tartar
3⁄4teaspoonbaking soda
  raisins (for topping)


Beat together white and brown sugars, butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla and lemon extract to mix well.

Sift together nutmeg, flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt and soda. Add alternatively with buttermilk to creamed mixture.

Drop tablespoons of dough 2 1/2 inches apart onto greased baking sheet. With the back of the spoon, spread round and round with the outer edge of the cookies a little thicker than the centers. Sprinkle generously with sugar and place a fat raisin in the center of each cookie.

Bake in hot oven (400F) about 10 minutes. For softer cookies, bake in hot oven (425F) about 8 minutes, or until no indentation remains when you touch the center of the cookie with your fingertip. Remove cookies and cool on racks. Makes four dozen.

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