Stacy Baron: A Spoonful of Sugar

A tribute to Judy Meisel . . .

The recent passing of Judy Meisel, such a remarkable woman, brought back meaningful memories for so many of us in Santa Barbara. Judy’s children and grandchildren spoke so eloquently at her recent memorial on Zoom just a few weeks ago. Her legacy and example of her commitment to humanity is truly a remarkable story that continues to live on.

One remembrance that we have is of her love and generosity of baking. When our daughter was going to Beit HaYeladim preschool in the early 1990’s we were first introduced to her delicious sugar cookie recipe. Using her recipe over the years we have made dozens of cookies especially at holiday time. The secret of rolling the dough in powdered sugar (not flour) made this recipe a holiday treat for all of our friends, Jewish and non-Jewish alike.

As we share her recipe, please help us honor Judy in this special way by sharing one of her recipes that you may have.* We are all so inspired by Judy who taught us so much and especially about the sweetness of life.

Judy Meisel’s Sugar Cookies:

2.5 cups flour

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup of butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon of vanilla

½ teaspoon salt

Blend all ingredients. Mix at low speed until dough forms. Cover and chill.

Roll out in powdered sugar. Cut into shapes and decorate.

Bake at 375 degrees, 8 minutes

*Want to share your own Judy Meisel memory and/or recipe on the Voices blog? Our whole community would appreciate your sharing. Email

Stacy Baron has lived in Santa Barbara and been a member of CBB for the past 30 years. Read her and husband Eric’s prior post on the CBB Voices blog, here.