This a fantastic old-fashioned sugar cookie recipe that is not as sweet as others that I have used. They complement a powdered sugar icing without being overly sweet. My favorite, and EASY!

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Servings:
12
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

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  • Cream sugar and shortening together. Add eggs and dry ingredients. Add the milk last.

  • No need to chill this dough, simply roll out to 1/4 inch thickness, cut out and bake 10-12 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

309 calories; protein 4.1g 8% DV; carbohydrates 32.4g 10% DV; fat 18.3g 28% DV; cholesterol 31.2mg 10% DV; sodium 232.2mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2003
I thought that this was one of the best sugar cookie recipes that I have ever tried. I liked that the dough didn't have to be refigerated before rolling it out. That makes it probably the fastest sugar cookie to make. These are meant to be iced. I highly recommend using the Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies on this website. Using these two together I have decorated cookies for Valentine's Day Halloween and Christmas. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2010
Easy to make but the flavor is very bland. Read More
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2003
I thought that this was one of the best sugar cookie recipes that I have ever tried. I liked that the dough didn't have to be refigerated before rolling it out. That makes it probably the fastest sugar cookie to make. These are meant to be iced. I highly recommend using the Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies on this website. Using these two together I have decorated cookies for Valentine's Day Halloween and Christmas. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2003
This is a fantastic recipe for making a simple cutout cookie as a base for a flavorful icing. I substituted butter for shortening and added a pinch of baking powder to puff them up a little bit. I did need to refrigerate the dough before rolling it out. When they cooled them I mixed up a thin icing of confectioner's sugar corn syrup a touch of juice and some food coloring. The cookie is perfect for a fruity icing since it is not to sweet. The icing hardens and the cookies look and taste as though they're from a bakery. Everyone loved them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2003
This recipe was yummy! I actually made it for 144 servings (288 cookies) for family and gift giving. wow. a luscious cutout cookie that improved as the days went on...it did not disintigrate or get crumbly and was a dream to decorate. As it is not too sweet the icing was the treat and it got an A-1 rating by the hubby and kids for dunking in milk or hot cocoa. Very addictive cookies. YUMMY! (Note: blend all ingredients very carefully as you go if you're making a mega-batch especially!) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2010
Easy to make but the flavor is very bland. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2002
Great recipe! Cookies are delicious light and crisp. Easy to make. One hint - the dough was rather sticky for rolling out I had to use quite a bit of flour for dusting the pin & the table top. Other than that excellent recipe. I will make it again and again!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2007
Great recipe. I used butter instead of shortening. Not too sweet which is great because everyone usually adds icing etc. Perfect when you're in a time crunch because they don't need to be chilled. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2006
the best sugar cookie recipe i have tryed so far i would highly recommend it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
I tried these cookies for the first time and I ended up making two batches!!! They were so easy and they rolled out just perfectly even for me!!!(I am not the most patient when it comes to rolling out dough!!) Once frosted they were delicously moist and perfectly sweet!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2010
I made this recipe last night/today (I usually cook at midnight or.. 3AM! haha) The only thing is adding the eggs to the recipe I found that I only needed to add one egg. This maybe was because the eggs they sell in my country are sort of big well I bet in the US they're bigger haha but I seriously thaught that if I added the other egg I would screw up the recipe:C adding the flour the dough was kind of falling apart a little bit but when I 'kneaded' it a while longer that didn't happen anymore. I was too sleepy to bake them last night so I baked them this morning and instead of icing I decorated them with some colored sugar they turned out really nice! My family really loved them and I think I'm going to use this recipe again for Valentine's or something;! Thank you SO much for the recipe:) Read More
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