Tuesdays with Dorie: Grandma’s All-Occasion Sugar Cookies

December 9, 2008 at 1:05 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 45 Comments

grandma’s all-occasion sugar cookies

For TWD this week, one of my favorite bloggers, Ulrike of Küchenlatein, chose Grandma’s All-Occasion Sugar Cookies.  These may technically be “all-occasion,” but I bet that Ulrike knows they’re exactly what Santa hopes to find waiting for him on Christmas Eve.

These are sweet and buttery…great with tea, hot chocolate, eggnog…Thank you, Dorie’s grandma!!  You can cut them out in fancy shapes and decorate them a zillion ways, but I took the easy route and just did slice-and-bake.  I made a little glaze from powdered sugar and bourbon (naughty but in the nicest way, right?), and shook on some sprinkles.

grandma’s all-occasion sugar cookies

For the recipe, look in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (she also has it here on The Splendid Table site).  You can find it on Küchenlatein, too.  Check out the TWD Blogroll to see lots of well-decorated sugar cookies!


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  1. wow.. you’ve given me such inspiration especially with that naughty bourbon icing of yours.. *giggles*.. the cookies look wonderful as always!

  2. They look great! I love the Christmas themed sprinkles 🙂

  3. Love the bourbon in the icing! They look adorable!

  4. Classic!!

  5. How sweet and simple…and a nice little kick from the bourbon!

  6. Such pretty cookies! I love those colored decorations!



  7. Yep – I did the slice and bake route too! I’ll have to try your version of glaze, I’ll bet it’s good with just about any liquor! (I’m thinking Bailey’s!)

  8. c’est superbe 🙂 j’adore tes photos !

  9. They are so beautiful! Your photos are stunning 🙂 I really liked these cookies too, I cut mine thicker than Dorie recommended and ended up with nice, soft and chewy cookies MMMMM

  10. I love how you decorated these.


  11. I like the colorful sprinkles that you used to decorate the cookies, very christmas-y. 🙂

  12. I love the sprinkles!! Super cute cookies!!

  13. Perfect…they are just lovely and just the thing for the season!

  14. bourbon icing sounds delish

  15. Hummm… wish I had thought about that Bourbon cut! LOL Just a little trick to keep the children away from them… the more for us!
    Perfect sugar cookies, Steph!

  16. Did someone say bourbon?

    These are so cute. The red, white, and green sprinkles bring out the kid in everyone.

  17. I love your holiday sprinkles! And yes, thank you Dorie’s Grandma! Happy holiday baking

  18. ooh powdered sugar and bourbon glaze? you are my hero 🙂 they look great!

  19. Glad you liked them as well. They are so pretty and your glaze sounds amazing!

  20. they look lovely and Christmassy!

  21. Beautifully done! Your photography is great. I feel like I could reach right out and grab one!

  22. Seriously, your photos always take my breath away. You are amazingly talented!

  23. really – just beautiful.

  24. How cute! And great pic! I love the dots!

  25. Naughty but nice – brilliant! Love the little seasonal nonpareils, they make these look wonderfully classy.

  26. These look like they taste great. Just a little icing is perfect.

  27. Seriously, seriously cute! These look absolutely perfect and just yummy…would be great with a steamy hot mug of cocoa.

  28. I love the icing (especially with bourbon) on your cookies, and the sprinkles look so festive!

  29. Your cookies look lovely with a beautiful color and texture. I thought this recipe was a winner as well.

  30. Lovely Christmassy colors on these cookies. I could gobble a few of these with my morning coffee right now!

  31. I like sugar cookies and these look great.

    PS – I have just tagged you for a Kreativ Blogger award 🙂

  32. mmmmm, those look so good! I bet the glaze would work well with 10x and lemon juice? Your cookies are beautiful!!!!!!

  33. I really like how you decorated your cookies. I’ll bet they are really great with that icing.

  34. Wow, yours look absolutely pretty! Definitely prettier than mine. I have to wait until tomorrow morning to post my pictures because night time photos are caca. What a great job! 🙂

  35. Precious…too precious!

  36. Your cookies look wonderful. I love using both icing and sprinkles. And I like the idea of using bourbon to make the glaze. I bet rum would work well, too. =)

  37. Your cookies are so pretty. Love them!!

  38. Those cookies are absolutely perfect for the season 🙂

  39. Beautiful cookies! I love the sprinkles very festive! 🙂

  40. I am blushing … Did you know that in Germany the “Weihnachtsmann” gets no cookies and milk? He comes already December 24th. Great looking cookies.

    Thanks for joining TWD and baking with me

    Ulrike from Küchenlatein

  41. Oh so Christmasy – they look just adorable!

  42. Perfect! How does one go about making the bourbon glaze though? I think these would be perfect for my work party in a couple of days. Thanks in advance!

  43. Amy–Thanks! The glaze was super easy. I just took some sifted powdered sugar and whisked in enough bourbon to get the consisteny I wanted (spreadable but not runny). I didn’t make a big batch of cookies, so I didn’t need much glaze…probably started with 1/3 cup sugar and a couple teaspoons of booze, then made adjustments from there. If you accidentally make it too thin, just add more powdered sugar.

  44. They really are all occasion cookies. I made these in the Spring and used butterfly cookie cutters to cut them out!

  45. I went the lazy slice and bake route too. 😉 I put orange zest in mine. I was too lazy to make a glaze for them. Ah, laziness!

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