• Lauren Humphreys

JoJo's Sugar Cookies

My oldest sister Jolene, who we affectionately call JoJo, is a spectacular baker. Though she is most known for her cupcakes, she also makes the absolute best sugar cookies. We typically eat them during the winter months around the holidays, but the cookies are perfect anytime of year! These sugar cookies are crisp, ultra-buttery, and literally melt in your mouth. They are not your typical blah, floury sugar cookie that requires the addition of frosting. Though I love frosting, these sugar cookies should not be frosted.  After one delectable bite, you will know exactly what I mean!  

My nephew Brady, Jolene’s son, may be an even bigger fan of these cookies than me! Brady is 6 years old and will be starting 1st grade in September. It’s hard to believe this little one is growing up so fast. Not only is he a sweets lover like his mama and aunties, he is an incredibly good reader and loves animals. When I made these cookies recently, Brady ate SIX of these cookies in one day! He definitely used his energy from the sugar cookies running around the farm at Grandma and Grandpa’s! Below he is pictured playing with a sweet little kitten he calls “Cat Jack”! Honestly, how cute are these two?! I love this little man so much and he certainly has brought an immense amount of joy to the entire family.

The next time you have a family gathering or are in the mood for some amazing sugar cookies, give this recipe a try! These are also perfect for baby or bridal showers with the addition of colored sanding sugar sprinkles. They are a cinch to throw together and fun for little ones to help prepare, too. The batch is rather large, but these cookies tend to disappear quickly, especially when Brady is around. Otherwise, the recipe can easily be halved if a smaller quantity is needed. Happy baking!

JoJo’s Sugar Cookies

Recipe from my sister Jolene Messerly

1 cup butter, melted

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp salt

5 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, vegetable oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Roll the dough into balls, about 1 inch in diameter. Place the dough balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten the cookie ball with a cross pattern using the tines of a fork.  Recommend dipping the tines of the fork into sugar before each press. Sprinkle the tops with colored sanding sugar or coarse clear sugar crystals, if desired. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 10-12 minutes.

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