For Rebecca’s Christmas Recipe Roundup

I inherited this old cookbook from my mother – The Purity Cookbook published in 1945. I discovered online that a copy in good condition is worth $74.50. My copy is missing a cover, a few pages and is stained with various ingredients, so I don’t think it would bring the top price. But it’s priceless to me. So many memories – little notes beside favourite recipes – and on the back page a recipe in my own childish handwriting for chocolate fudge. Also my mother kept a record of all our childhood illnesses in the back of the book – I had mumps in 1959, measles in 1961 and chicken pox in 1966.

These sugar cookies are one of our favourite Christmas recipes from this cookbook.I have tried a lot of sugar cookie recipes and I like this one the best. Every year we get out all of our Christmas cookie cutters, red and green sugar sprinkles and have a cookie-making party.

Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg or 2 egg yolks
2 T milk or cream
1/2 t vanilla
1 3/4 c sifted flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt

Cream butter, add sugar gradually, followed by well beaten egg, milk and vanilla. Mix and sift flour, baking powder and salt and add to first mixture. Mix well. Chill, then roll 1/8 in. thick and cut with cookie cutters. Decorate with red or green sprinkles. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 35 degrees for 8-10 min. Cookies are very light brown on bottom when baked.


If you have a favourite Christmas recipe, why not pop over to Rebecca’s and join the party!

8 thoughts on “Sugar Cookies

  1. carol says:

    HelloI also have the cookbook. It was handed down to me by my grandmother. Everytime i open it i remember my childhood with her baking. She even wrote a few of her own recipes in the book. It brings back so many memories that the book is priceless to me and i hope one day to pass it on to my daughter.


  2. JodyC says:

    I use my mother’s sugar cookie recipe from an old cookbook she used to have. It’s very similar to yours. It’s about time to get baking, isn’t it?~Jody


  3. I’m always interested in old family cookbooks too. I never use them, though. I don’t really like to cook! Our favorite Christmas cookies are all of the no-bake variety. 🙂


  4. Deb says:

    What a wonderful vintage cover. I love it! Wouldn’t it be decorative propped on a little mini stand sitting on your counter. :)Baking tons of cookies isn’t one of our yearly Christmas traditions. But I would like a sugar cookie recipe like the one you posted, so it’s good to have a recommendation. Thanks! And thanks for the link to the recipe roundup.I have always liked lemon tea cookies. I’m wondering if your vintage cookbook would have a tea cookie recipe in it?


  5. Vicki says:

    Thanks for the great recipe. I love collecting and trying new ones.


  6. Thanks for the Recipe! I’m going to bake a batch before Christmas!K


  7. Sue says:

    That Purity Cookbook must be a priceless treasure to you!Those sugar cookies look very tempting and festive!:)


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