I have no idea if this recipe truly originates from Dolly, but if it did, thank you Dolly! Not only are you a super cool chick, but you gave me my go-to recipe for sugar cookies for going on probably 10 years now.
I happened across this fab recipe while googling – heck, maybe I was using Netscape (remember when Netscape was a search engine and not a defunct ISP? Or am I alone?!) at that time. Anyway, I searched for a sugar cookie recipe, and found this one. Intrigued, I tried it out.
It was perfect.
Since then, when I make sugar cookies, this is the only recipe I use. I’m convinced there is no better. The taste (with just a little bit of lemon zest) is out of this world. The dough rolls and keeps its shape when cooking beautifully. And they taste amazing. Did I mention they’re delicious? (The dough is yummy, too).
Last year, my guy, his buddy, and I were snowed in for days. It was a weird, wonderful, memorable time – I’d never seen anything like it in all my years in Seattle.
One day, we spent an entire afternoon frosting sugar cookies and drinking hot buttered rum. The guys totally got into it – cabin fever, I guess – and we had a blast. They may have gotten a little creative with the gingerbread shapes (again: cabin fever!) – please skip past the top right part of the following photo if your sensibilities are, well… sensitive. I added some “censored” bars just to be extra safe.
The baby blue Beetle convertible with a black top is a testament to the kind of fun car I would love to have. Maybe someday.
Here’s another view:
I was very proud of my Bumble (even though the chest and belly button action are a bit much) and my attempt at the bundled up little brother from A Christmas Story (shame on me, I forgot the scarf!). My guy made a fishbowl with Swedish Fish. So creative!
And when I broke one of the poor cars while frosting it, I just borrowed a tree and a snowman and made a little scene out of several cookies.
Gotta go with the flow!
This year, my Christmas sugar cookies are frosty-looking snowflakes shaped with round- and flower-shaped cookie cutters. I frosted them various shades of blue and dusted them with sparkly sugar sprinkles.
Dolly Parton's Sugar Cookies