Given to me by an aunt that made the most delicious Christmas cookies I have ever tasted!

Recipe Summary

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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  • Mix together flour, shortening, white sugar, baking powder and eggs. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla and salt.

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  • Refrigerate dough for easier roll-out. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes (watch carefully). Add glaze to cooled cookies.

  • To Make Glaze: Mix 1 cup confectioners' sugar, water (to desired consistency), 1/2 tsp. vanilla and preferred food color for cookie icing. Decorate with favorite sprinkles.

Nutrition Facts

402 calories; protein 4.8g 10% DV; carbohydrates 54.8g 18% DV; fat 18.3g 28% DV; cholesterol 31mg 10% DV; sodium 287.7mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (36)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2005
For those who found the recipe to crumbly I have some advice to mix better: first cream shortening and sugar together then add egg and vanilla and mix well until creamy. Then mix flour baking powder and salt.Add dry to wet ingredience a little at a time until you are able to mix it all in. Save the confectioners sugar for the glaze! Wonderful cookie my kids loved them and I even took a picture for the web site! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/14/2003
There is something missing from this recipe the dough is crumbly and is not able to be roled out for cut outs. Read More
(22)
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2005
For those who found the recipe to crumbly I have some advice to mix better: first cream shortening and sugar together then add egg and vanilla and mix well until creamy. Then mix flour baking powder and salt.Add dry to wet ingredience a little at a time until you are able to mix it all in. Save the confectioners sugar for the glaze! Wonderful cookie my kids loved them and I even took a picture for the web site! Read More
(79)
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2005
I think some reviewers added the powdered sugar as part of the cookie recipe. All that is needed to bring the dough together is a bit of milk. I also added about 1/4 cup more sugar. It's a great roll out recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/13/2003
There is something missing from this recipe the dough is crumbly and is not able to be roled out for cut outs. Read More
(22)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2009
I followed advice about creaming together teh shortening and sugar first then adding eggs and vanilla. I then slowly mixed in the dry combination of flour baking powder and salt. This ended up terrific! I have perfect cookies. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2009
Followed advice of others and creamed sugar and shortening first added dry later. Used exact amounts of flour. Rolled like a dream and tasted like the bakery cookies we get at Publix. Glaze was good too and it dried well. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2006
I think i figured out what the dough needed. First cream shorting eggs sugar vanilla Second add only add (3 cups of flour instead of 3 1/2) flour salt baking powder salt. And do not use the powder sugar and water in cookie dough its for the icing. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/18/2006
This dough was awful-I couln't even roll it out without it crumbling. I would never make this again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/16/2011
A rating of 3 only. If I could 2&1/2 stars is my true rating.The flavor of the cookie itself is good however the dough is not easy to roll out due to a dry texture. I tend to think this recipe is missing milk. After Iw baked a dozen with the recipe as is I added about 2-3 tbsp of 1/2&1/2 to the already mixed dough worked it in well with my hands to get a more plyable dough. THEN I was able to easily roll the dough and cut-out cookies. I will not use this recipe again - too much trouble/work. I will stick with my current rolled sugar cookie recipe. Read More
(5)
Rating: 1 stars
12/29/2002
These cookies were impossible to roll out for cookie cutters! Read More
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