My Great-Grandmother's Sugar Cookie Recipe


Rhonda CrankWhen I say this is my great-grandmother's recipe, I am not just talking about something someone in my family gave me. I am very blessed to be able to say I knew my maternal great-grandparents and my great-grandmother on my paternal grandmother's side. I have fond memories of them. This recipe belonged to "Ma Horton," my maternal great-grandmother. She passed away in 1978 at the age of 85.

Her house always smelled like sugar and molasses cookies. Silly, I know, but in my memory it really did. She, of course, cooked on a woodstove and in cast iron as I still do, the cast iron that is, I'm still waiting for my woodstove.

Ma and Pa Horton 

Pa and Ma Horton

I have had so many people tell me, "My recipe just doesn't turn out like Grandma's." The reason, of course, is that we don't use the same ingredients she did. Yes, it may be flour, salt and sugar, but the quality of the ingredients she had access to is harder to get for us and requires a certain determination and way of life. She would never have dreamed of needing to buy organic; everything was "organic" and most of it came from her farm and there were no such things as GMOs. Well, that was then, and this is now. What we don't produce here on the farm, I buy as non-GMO and organic and my recipes turn out great.

Since the holidays are coming fast, I wanted to share her Sugar Cookie Recipe.

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