This recipe has been in my family for over 150 years. Every one in the family loves them.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
18
Yield:
3 dozen
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two cookie sheets.

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  • Cream the sugar with the shortening and the butter or the margarine. Add the baking powder, eggs, milk and flour. Mix until combined.

  • On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired shapes. Place cookies on the prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

299 calories; protein 4.2g 8% DV; carbohydrates 44.2g 14% DV; fat 12g 19% DV; cholesterol 45.1mg 15% DV; sodium 186.8mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2009
Excellent texture... moist but firm enough to put in a lunchbox without it crumbling... not overly sweet... I didn't change a thing except for scaling the recipe by half... still got 18 cookies... I just scooped them out by tablespoons and flattened them but they would have been excellent "cutter cookies"... thanks! Read More
(14)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/27/2018
I usually look at the reviews and make the recipe based on that. So I saw some great reviews. I love the dough and how easy it is to work with but I gave it 3 stars based on the taste and not as soft as I like my cut out cookies. I like a soft cookie and this is somewhat soft. The sides of the cookie were on the hard side while the middle was softer. I even baked them less time than I normally bake these as there really wasn't a time on it. I really wished I could of given this 5 stars but not going to happen on this recipe. If your thinking it's my oven I don't have this with any other cookies. And I bake a lot. Just couldn't find my usual cut out recipe. I will find it now. Read More
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2009
Excellent texture... moist but firm enough to put in a lunchbox without it crumbling... not overly sweet... I didn't change a thing except for scaling the recipe by half... still got 18 cookies... I just scooped them out by tablespoons and flattened them but they would have been excellent "cutter cookies"... thanks! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2009
Wonderful tasting soft cut out cookie! I did have a little trouble with rolling and cutting the dough definitely needs to be chilled in between batches. The husband and kids loved them they made halloween cut outs and decorated with frosting and sprinkles. Very good recipe! Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2009
Good cookies. They puffed up a little bit more than I would have liked but they tasted great. I did sub 50% wheat flour. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2016
Just like Grandma's lost sugar cookie recipe that I've searched for years to find. These cookies are perfect with a cup a coffee tea or hot cocoa. They are not overly sweet. The texture is puffy but firm. I tried this recipe with no changes but found the dough a little sticky to roll and added bout 1 cup more flour. They were great. Next batch I added 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and chilled dough before rolling. Wow! Just like grandma's. Yields approximately 3 dozen cookies with an average 3" cookie cutter. Of course this will vary depending on cutter size. I've tried these with and without sprinkling sugar on top before baking and enjoy them both. For a sweeter holiday décor try cookie icing on the tops after cooling. This one is a pleaser of children and adults and you will find the cookie jar empty in no time at all. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/27/2018
I usually look at the reviews and make the recipe based on that. So I saw some great reviews. I love the dough and how easy it is to work with but I gave it 3 stars based on the taste and not as soft as I like my cut out cookies. I like a soft cookie and this is somewhat soft. The sides of the cookie were on the hard side while the middle was softer. I even baked them less time than I normally bake these as there really wasn't a time on it. I really wished I could of given this 5 stars but not going to happen on this recipe. If your thinking it's my oven I don't have this with any other cookies. And I bake a lot. Just couldn't find my usual cut out recipe. I will find it now. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2020
I have made these cookies for years without changing anything. They are a great tasting soft cut out cookie! They are one of my families favorites. Read More
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