Frosting for the Cause – Sugar Cookies with Heart

by Jessica on January 30, 2011


One day out of the year, a blogger guest posts on the Frosting for the Cause site, donates a batch of cookies or cupcakes to a local Women’s Hospice and commits to donating $25 to either the Canadian or American Cancer Society to be directed to research projects that are working diligently to find cures specifically for cancers that affect only women. Because of these efforts, we’ll raise a total of $9,125 alone for research into this awful disease. Paula of Vanilla Bean Baker is the mastermind behind this amazing project and while I’m just one of 365 bloggers, I’m incredibly humbled to donate my time and funds to this extremely worthwhile cause. Will you join me?

Click over to Frosting for the Cause to read my guest post and see the beautiful, heartfelt sugar cookies I made for our local cancer outreach center.



I wasn’t lucky enough to have met my great-grandmother Ma, but with every chance my dad and aunts get, they remind me of how amazing she was.

She worked as a cook for the local independent school district and made a mean sugar cookie. Every Friday afternoon, the entire family would meet at her house for a huge home-cooked lunch. Grandparents, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even friends, would grace the table. Such a lovely tradition… and one I wish my family could continue today.

Below is the recipe book that she filled with family recipes, ones from friends, newspaper suggestions and even top stories from way back when… like Elvis & Priscilla’s divorce settlement. Seriously.

Ma's Recipe Book

It’s so neat to read her little notes and see her handwriting. So, when I came across her recipe for Sugar Cookies, I knew that these were the ones I was making for FFtC. She intended them to be drop cookies, and even though I rolled the ones to be donated, I made a batch the way she would want. Without further adieu, here are Ma’s famous sugar cookies… copied straight from the book. 😉

Ma's Drop Sugar Cookies

Ma’s Sugar Cookies
Source: My paternal great-grandmother, Adah Belle

Yields: 50 cookies

1-1/2 c butter
2 c sugar
4 eggs
4-1/2 c flour
1-1/2 tbsp + 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp vanilla

Cream the fat and sugar. Add eggs and beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, salt and vanilla to creamed mixture. Stir to mix. Using a No. 40 (1-3/5 tablespoons) scoop, place cookies on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F, 10 to 12 minutes.

Ma's Recipe Book 2


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elaine January 30, 2011 at 10:52 am

What a tremendous effort for such a worthwhile cause! This is such a heartwarming and delightful post, Jessica. What a wonderful treasure you have there of your Ma’s! And what a beautiful name – Adah Belle!


2 Eliana January 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

What a great cause Jessica. And even more amazing is that you were able to use your great-grandmother’s recipe. Thanks for the heart warming post.


3 Kimmie January 30, 2011 at 11:25 am

Both of these posts are beautiful! What a treasure to have your great grandmother’s recipes – she must be so proud of your kind donation.


4 Tracey January 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Great posts Jessica! How special that you have such a memento of your great grandmother. The cookies look wonderful 🙂


5 Allison January 31, 2011 at 1:27 am

Thanks for making a difference Jessica! I love your blog and that’s why I’ve awarded you a Stylish Blogger Award! You rock sista!


6 Paula January 31, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Jessica, thank you so much for volunteering to be a part of this project. I was touched by your story and your cookies were beautiful and I appreciate very much that you took the time to share them with us. It is only because of dedicated volunteers such as yourself that Frosting for the Cause is able to ♥bake♥ a difference.
Your Grandmother would be very proud of you indeed!


7 mmmhealthyfoodie January 31, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I am a huge fan of sugar cookies. This looks like awesome and delicious looking creation. Definitely going to make these for my super bowl party next week. Personally for me, a person who loves to cook and bake in my kitchen at home,when using egg-based recipes, I use pasteurized shelled eggs. Especially when you have sunny-side eggs, (fried eggs,) raw cookie dough, anything to that affect which leaves some part of the egg raw. Only reason I say this is because I am concerned with what I eat,(yes I have a huge sweet tooth, but I workout and try to cook healthy,)and also look at those who I’m cooking for. With all these recent egg recalls, you can never be to sure. You should check them out.


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