This recipe has been in my family for over 50 years. As a child, I couldn't wait to go to my sister's house to bake these. We would bake all one day and decorate them all day the next. Fond memories. Cut down on the salt if using margarine.

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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 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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  • Mix together sugar, shortening or margarine, vanilla extract and almond extract Cream these together until light. Add eggs and beat well.

  • Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt ( use 1/2 teas. if using margarine). Add to sugar mixture alternately with milk, ending with flour mixture. Dough will be quite stiff and may require mixing the last bit of flour in by hand.

  • Roll out portions of dough on floured board and cut with your favorite cookie cutters.

  • Place on greased cookie sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes . Test for doneness by touching lightly with your finger. If there is no dent, they're done. Cool and frost, decorate with colored sugars and colored frosting..

  • Note: If you like crisp cookies, roll the dough thinner. For more cake-like dough roll thicker and use metal cookie cutters. Originally we used Anise oil to flavor the dough (5 to 6 drops) in place of the vanilla and almond extracts. But my children prefer the extracts.

Nutrition Facts

213.6 calories; 3.3 g protein; 32.9 g carbohydrates; 13.1 mg cholesterol; 144.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I was very dissapointed because I was going to add this WONDERFUL COOKIE RECIPE to the site to finally share with everyone else. This recipe has also been in my family for years...I have very fond memories and specific memories of when we frosted the cookies that I'd licked my fingers so much that I felt sick. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE COOKIES and they do taste much better with icing/frosting. Definately addictive!!! I've tried a few other cut out cookies from this site and I'd have to say NO OTHER COMPARES!!! AWESOME!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/22/2003
I don't know if I did something wrong but we did not like these at all. The icing that I used also had almond extract in it and thats the only flavor that was in the cookies. Read More
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83 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 57
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I was very dissapointed because I was going to add this WONDERFUL COOKIE RECIPE to the site to finally share with everyone else. This recipe has also been in my family for years...I have very fond memories and specific memories of when we frosted the cookies that I'd licked my fingers so much that I felt sick. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE COOKIES and they do taste much better with icing/frosting. Definately addictive!!! I've tried a few other cut out cookies from this site and I'd have to say NO OTHER COMPARES!!! AWESOME!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2002
I meant to write a review last Christmas (2001) and completely forgot! As I prepare for baking this year wanted to say this recipe is Awesome! I made these cookies for gift baskets and everyone went nuts over them. Though I'm in my 40's I enjoyed the whole process of rolling baking and frosting. Excellent recipe. Thanks for sharing it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2002
Amazing cookies! My 4 year old rolled and cut them himself. So easy! Very tastey even without frosting. I love this.. Thank You for the best cookie recipe ever. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2002
These make a great sugar cookie, they are more cakelike than crisp, which I prefer. They make a nice fat cookie, easy to decorate, and don't break easy. I used Royal Icing to decorate them. The almond and vanilla extract give it a nice old-fashioned flavor! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2002
Simply the best sugar cookies recipe I have ever come across. Cookies melt in your mouth. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
Recipie was easy to follow and cookies were easy to roll without being chilled. I used 3 teaspoons of vanilla no almond extract. Baked at 350 for 9 minutes. Cookies came out looking perfect still lacked a lot of flavor needed to be iced but because we rolled them semi-thick they did look perfect as cut-outs. With icing these are very good. I would suggest using 4 tablespoons of vanilla or at least 3 with maybe a little zest or orange or lemon. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/22/2003
I don't know if I did something wrong but we did not like these at all. The icing that I used also had almond extract in it and thats the only flavor that was in the cookies. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2002
This the best christmas cookie recipe I have used in years. They were quick and easy to make and most of all there was no sticking to the cookie cutters! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2003
These cookies are awesome. No on in my family can bake so two years ago I took it upon myself to do Christmas cookies for everyone and these are it. I use butter instead of shortening and they are the classic can't get enough of them buttery Christmas cookies. I also use the "Decorator Frosting" recipe submitted by P. Oakes which is just wonderful too. Read More
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