What a treat …

Holiday Recipe Contest

Looking fabulous in their Aprons in Suzani, three generations of Bradley women gather for the time-honored tradition of baking holiday treats. Co-founder Barbara Bradley Baekgaard (center), her daughter Amy (left) and her granddaughter Molly (right) share a plate of sugar cookies that look almost too beautiful to eat. While we can’t be sure these were her favorites, Vera Bradley was known for serving sweet treats, particularly gingersnaps. Now, you can bake a Bradley family recipe in your home.

Vera’s Sugar Cookies


3 ½ cups flour
3 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 ½ cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a medium bowl, sift the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt together. In a separate bowl, cream the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture and stir until blended. Cover and chill for 1 – 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll one-fourth of the dough at a time 1/8-inch thick. Keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to roll. Cut dough with a cookie cutter. Place cookies about 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake the cookies for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet and place on a wire rack to cool. Cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting

½ cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 – 2 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon almond extract

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating between each addition. Add the milk, as necessary, to produce a nice, creamy frosting. Finally, add the almond extract, if desired. Add your choice of food colorings. Frost the cooled cookies and let dry completely. Decorate!

Speaking of recipes, we would like to congratulate the winners of our Inside Stitch Recipe contest! Nancy S., Sara M., Holly B., Zara R., and Kristina H. all received a Tray, Cheers to You and Apron Gift Set in their favorite colors for sending us their treasured family recipes. Enjoy, ladies!

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14 Responses to What a treat …

  1. Joan says:

    I’m going to try these! Thanks for sharing. I love a good sugar cookie!

  2. Mom says:

    Perfect! My daughter is having a Vera Bradley themed 13th birthday party and we planned to bake cookies. Now we’ll have Vera’s Sugar Cookies. Thanks! : )

    • CJP says:

      I am trying to have a Vera Bradley themed birthday party. It would be great if you could email me because I would like to know what kind of activities and this you did at the party. Thank you!

  3. Donna says:

    I have two couples that I never know what to give for Christmas. I usual bake something and give it to them in a pretty bowl, tray, dish, (something). Because I am on a diet (WW) and am diabetic I have a hard time during the holidays when I bake. I think this year I will give them (wife) the apron and in a cute jar give them the dry ingredients for the “Sugar Cookies” (husbands like to cook also) with the recipe attached. Then they both can enjoy the Christmas treat.

  4. Sue says:

    Thanks; love cookies and always interested in a new recipe.

  5. NANA says:

    These cookies look and sound delicious. Can’t wait to try them for my grandchildren…and maybe let them help me with the decorating!

  6. Kiera says:

    Absolutely delicious-sounding. I’m gointi be makin these over the weekend and they sound very mouth watering

  7. Trina says:

    If these are the same as what they gave out in the store today, they are to die for!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I can’t wait to make Vera’s Sugar Cookies! Sounds like a great recipe!

  9. I never win anything 😦 Congratulations to the lucky winners! Hubby and I went to the holiday event today, We drove 6 hours to King of Prussia Plaza, I received my cookie recipe @ The Vera Bradley store 🙂

  10. wildanis says:

    I’m waiting the Vera’s Sugar Cookies Business Review

  11. scrapperdeb says:

    I will definitely make these cookies!! And congratulations to ALL the winners!!! I’m so sad…because i bookmarked the post asking for recipes and then I never sent mine in! Oh my! I have a feeling my recipe would have been a winner. I’m glad the winners remembered!

  12. Hope says:

    I haven’t seen a comment from anyone who has actually made these. I followed the recipe to the “T” and found they turned out to be very bready and the dough was very soft and difficult to work with even after letting it sit in the fridge for over an hour. They tasted good but not what I was expecting. I might try these with one less egg next time and see how that goes.

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