Bristol Family Sugar Cookie Recipe

Bristol Sugar Cookies with Hashtag Cookie Cutter from Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

I’ve been saving this recipe for a while.  This recipe has been handed down through my dad’s family for a long, long time.  It’s very old fashioned, and seriously awesome.  My dad used to make these exact sugar cookies with my sister and me every single Christmas growing up.  Since I’ve been out on my own, I’ve been making them every Christmas, too.  They’re the perfect consistency for cookie cutters, and the dough is the best tasting sugar cookie dough around.  They earn RAVE reviews every time I make these cookies, so I figure it’s about time I share the recipe here.

I baked these hashtag cookies for our Meet the Maker event with the Sturdy Brothers at Maiden South a couple of weeks ago.  You can find that cookie cutter, along with lots more, at the shop. :)

#maidensouth #eatallthecookies

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I would also like to add that I adore the name Winnie.

Bristol Family Sugar Cookie Recipe
by Oysters & Pearls


Have all ingredients at room temperature.

– 2.5 cups all purpose flour
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 3/4 teaspoon salt

– 1/2 cup unsalted butter
– 1/2 cup shortening (I use Crisco)
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 1 large egg.
– 2 tablespoons whole milk.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sift or whisk together the first three ingredients and set aside.

Cream together butter, shortening, sugar, and vanilla.  Once incorporated, add the egg.  Cream until fluffy.  Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet.  Add the milk by the tablespoon and continue to mix until fully incorporated.

You can either drop by the teaspoon on a baking sheet, or roll out onto a floured surface and use cookie cutters.  Add sprinkles or bake without.  My favorite way to make them is to roll teaspoon sized balls in your hands and then roll in sugar or sprinkles, flatten on the baking sheet and bake.

Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes, adjusting the time as necessary depending on how thin you rolled out your dough.


Bristol Sugar Cookies with Hashtag Cookie Cutter from Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Until Next Time

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One thought on “Bristol Family Sugar Cookie Recipe

  1. Rachel

    LOVE the hashtag cookie cutter! I was just thinking that I need to make some cookies for Christmas this year. Looks like I’ll need to give these a go :)


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