Wednesdays Unplugged – Fern’s Light & Airy Sugar Cookies

NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It’s my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian ‘Quote Cup’ passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share! 


“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” ~ Maya Angelou

The temperature was about 40 degrees at 1:00 yesterday afternoon… at 2 degrees BELOW zero now… must mean spring is coming! I have a feeling this is a foretaste of things to come as we ride the roller coaster last days of winter to spring in about 3 weeks… one of those things we love about life in Minnesota!


Last week was our daughter’s birthday so she got to choose the menu. I will share the shrimp scampi linguine next week, but this week has got to be all about my Aunt Fern’s sugar cookies. Fernandcookies She made them when we were in North Dakota for my mother’s funeral and made the mistake of sending a container home with us. Everyone raved about how deliciously light and airy they were and Nissa had to have them for her birthday. I found Fern’s recipe in an old cookbook from Sharon Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, ND. Thank you, Fern!


recipe from Fern Bunde

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups plus 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together powdered sugar, sugar, vegetable oil and butter. Beat in and cream 2 eggs. Add flour, salt, vanilla, cream of tartar and soda. Make balls size of walnut. Flatten with glass dipped in sugar. Bake 10 minutes.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results –


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