Sugar Cookies

Hi All!

This recipe is from my Grandmother, Teodora, and is one of a couple of recipes included here that’s actually not Portuguese and is from a cookbook my Grandma has had for many years.  Although it’s not an original recipe from her, I’m including it in this project, because growing up and still to this day, my Grandma makes these cookies very often and they’re so good!  So thank you to the lady who created this recipe and now we’re able to enjoy these delicious cookies!

These sugar cookies have a crunchy, crumbly texture rather than a soft, chewy center.  I like both types of sugar cookies, but these have a special place in my heart and alongside a cup of coffee or tea.

Yields: 2-3 dozen


1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar



1) Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl cream butter, sugars and oil until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla extract.

2) In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients and add to wet ingredients, beating well.  Chill dough in refrigerator overnight or for several hours.


3) Form dough into 1″ balls, roll in sugar, and press flat with a fork dipped in sugar on a slightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes.  You want them slightly browned on the edges, but be careful to not burn them.