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Fall Themed Sugar Cookies

By Rachel

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Last Updated on October 20, 2021 by Rachel Granholm

October has arrived and it’s the perfect time to make some fall themed sugar cookies!

There is something so peaceful about baking. The simple act of mixing, stirring, and sifting ingredients together to create a baked good is just so satisfying. This recipe that I’m sharing with you today is extra special because it comes from the kitchen of my late Grandma Jean. There are so many pictures from when I was a little girl of me in the kitchen with my grandma helping her bake a yummy treat. She instilled the love of baking in me and I hope this fall themed sugar cookies recipe is an encouragement to you as well!
baking with grandma
Me, my Grandma Jean and my sister Sarah ready to bake!

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Baking Utensils Needed

supplies for making fall sugar cookies

Cookie Recipe

Grandma Jean’s Sugar Cookies                Makes approx. 3 dozen cookies


  1. With a mixer, cream the butter. Sift the powdered sugar in gradually. Mix until creamy and fluffy.
    sift sugar for sugar cookies
  2. Add in the egg and vanilla, mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt together. Slowly combine with the wet mixture. Mix until creamy.
    mix dry ingredients for sugar cookies
  4. You will then need to refrigerate the dough in a covered bowl for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours before continuing.
  5. To make the cookies, flour a hard surface so that the dough doesn’t stick to it. Flour a rolling pin as well. Take a heaping handful of dough, place it on the flour covered surface, and knead it, adding flour as needed.
    flour the dough to roll out sugar cookies
  6. Using the rolling pin, start rolling out your dough to about 1/4 inch thick, give or take depending on your preference.
    roll out cookie dough for sugar cookies
  7. Grab your cookie cutters and press them into the dough.
    pumpkin shapes in sugar cookie dough
    To scoop them onto a baking tray, dip a turner in flour and slowly get all the way under the cookie. Place the cut out cookies on a baking tray, making sure the cookies are not touching each other.
    leaf sugar cookies on tray
  8. Then, bake the cookies for 8 minutes or until golden brown in a 350 degree oven. This step will vary on your oven. You may need your oven a little warmer or you may need to bake them a little longer.
  9. Remove cookies from the tray with a turner and place on tin foil. Let them cool completely.
    sugar cookies cooling
  10. While you are letting the cookies cool, start mixing up the frosting.

Frosting Utensils Needed

ingredients to make frosting for sugar cookies

Frosting Recipe


  • Start with 1 cup of powdered sugar in a bowl. Add the vanilla and 1 Tbsp. of the milk to start.
    frosting for sugar cookies
  • Stir well. If the frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If it is too thick, add 1 more Tbsp. of milk. Continue this process until you have a frosting consistency that is to your liking.
    orange cookie frosting
    You can add food coloring if desired. Go 2 drops at a time, stirring in between, until you achieve the color that you like. I made one batch of frosting orange and another batch of frosting a marbled red.marbled frosting
  • Frost your cookies and place on tin foil to dry. Add sprinkles if desired.
    pumpking sugar cookiesRemember that your cookies do not have to look perfect. Find meaning and connection with whoever you are making them with instead of focusing on the imperfections of the cookies.

fall sugar cookies on a vintage plateThis is such a fun fall activity to do with your spouse, kids, grandkids, or even your pets! My Tilly girl loves to help me in the kitchen at all times.
cookie baking with my dog

I hope these fall themed sugar cookies will inspire you to get in the kitchen and create some special treats. Keep some for yourself and give some to a neighbor to pass along some joy!

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Let me know in the comments how these cookies turned out for you!

Check out my baked donut recipe as well as more simple cooking.

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