This is my mom's Christmas cookie recipe that the kids and I have made for years. Great fun to make and decorate.

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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 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, cream the shortening with the sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Sift the flour and salt into the creamed mixture and stir in gradually. Chill dough for at least one hour.

  • Roll the chilled dough out to 1/8 inch thick and cut into desired shapes. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 6 to 8 minutes. Allow cookies to cool before decorating.

Nutrition Facts

408.9 calories; 5.6 g protein; 54.9 g carbohydrates; 46.5 mg cholesterol; 309 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2006
I don't rate it unless it's five stars and this IS five stars! This is sugar cookie and so easy to make no tweaking required! This is my first time making these and I love that it is so esay to make and sooo delicious and yummy!! Ingredients are just right!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2006
These are okay. The dough was great for cutouts. 1/8 inch thick though seemed a bit thin and we had trouble getting them on the cookie sheet. We rolled the next ones a little thicker about 1/4 inch and they were much easier to work with. Flavor was so-so just a sugar cookie. A little dense heavier texture than what I prefer. This is a nice sturdy cookie perfect for little hands to decorate. Read More
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2006
I don't rate it unless it's five stars and this IS five stars! This is sugar cookie and so easy to make no tweaking required! This is my first time making these and I love that it is so esay to make and sooo delicious and yummy!! Ingredients are just right!! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2006
I don't rate it unless it's five stars and this IS five stars! This is sugar cookie and so easy to make no tweaking required! This is my first time making these and I love that it is so esay to make and sooo delicious and yummy!! Ingredients are just right!! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2010
This is the same cut out cookie recipe that I have used for several years. It is easy to make and wonderful for elaborate decorations. This is one that I use each Christmas for the cookie baskets that I am famous for. It's not so much the flavor that everyone loves but the decoration on top. The only thing I do different is use two 1/4" dowell rods when rolling out the dough to make sure each cookie is the same height and bake evenly. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/23/2006
These are okay. The dough was great for cutouts. 1/8 inch thick though seemed a bit thin and we had trouble getting them on the cookie sheet. We rolled the next ones a little thicker about 1/4 inch and they were much easier to work with. Flavor was so-so just a sugar cookie. A little dense heavier texture than what I prefer. This is a nice sturdy cookie perfect for little hands to decorate. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/03/2007
tasted like sugared play-doh difficult to work with as well Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2014
GOOD! My intentions were to make these cookies as snow flakes. I had my cookie cutters all set but the dough would not roll. I had placed it in the refrigerator in the morning and this was evening. I didn't want to add any more flour because I didn't want a dry bland cookie. What I did was get out my cookie scoop and roll the scoop of dough in coarse sugar then flatten. Because I was now off track and the dough was thicker I lowered the temperature to 375degrees and baked for 10 minutes to be sure the center was done. The resulting cookie was delicious. I'm sorry this recipe did not work for me but the end result was GOOD! Thank you Patty Morris for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2006
it was alrite added peanutbutter cause i wanted to.... tasted pretty good... a tad too sugary but alrite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2014
These are very good! My whole family loved them!:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2012
I loved this recipe! its great for making snow flake shaped cookies. first time iv made these and will make again. just what my husband want for his Christmas cookies. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2014
It is very delicious. Read More