This recipe is great for first time cookie makers and kindergartners. They are easy and lots of fun. The children in my classes have never messed up a batch of these cookies in the fourteen years I've been teaching kindergarten, and neither have my four adorable children. You can use whole wheat flour in place of the all-purpose flour, if you wish.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
48
Yield:
3 -4 dozen
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 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). Lightly grease your cookie sheets.

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  • Mix the sugar, shortening, egg, vanilla and almond extract until creamy. Mix in the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Make several small balls of dough. Roll out dough to about 1/8 or 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with well floured cookie cutters. If desired, press candies, raisins, nuts or sprinkles into cookies. Place cookies onto the prepared sheets.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 8 to 10 minutes, depending upon whether you like hard or soft cookies. Remove cookies and let cool on a rack. Serve warm with a glass of milk. They are also good with ice cream wedged in the middle of two cookies.

Nutrition Facts

80 calories; protein 0.8g 2% DV; carbohydrates 8.8g 3% DV; fat 4.6g 7% DV; cholesterol 3.9mg 1% DV; sodium 27.9mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2008
What a variety of reviews! People seem to either love it or hate it and I went on a mission to find out what was going so wrong for some people and so right for others. Too wet? Too dry? I think it s the MIXING method that makes a difference. If you mix this like a group of kindergartners would dump and mix by hand it should turn out just fine. If you are using an electric stand mixer you might have to make some changes to get it to work. My first shot at this recipe was using a KitchenAid stand mixer and my results were less than ideal. The dough looked nice and rolled out pretty well but it was impossible to get the cut shapes off of the floured surface without destroying them even repeatedly flouring the surface and re-rolling wasn t cutting it they just stuck down and fell apart. In an attempt to salvage the batch I put the whole ball back into the mixer and added another 1/4 Cup of flour. Perfect! It rolled out well and cut well on a floured surface and the cookies turned out great. Second try was by hand to see if my theory about mixing held true and it did. The original recipe worked just fine when mixed by hand with a good old-fashioned wooden spoon. I floured the table and rolling pin heavily and repeatedly while rolling and cutting. Stick with the simpler forms like Christmas trees and snowmen not reindeer with skinny legs the dough is a bit fragile. Cookies are soft and puffy like the ones you get at the bakery with the super-sweet frosting on the Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/14/2003
I am dissappointed at the dough quality. As soon as my 5 year old tried to roll the dough it crumbled into little pieces. Then once the shapes were finally cut as she removed them from the board they crumbled again. This is not a recipe to repeat. Read More
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84 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 17
Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2008
What a variety of reviews! People seem to either love it or hate it and I went on a mission to find out what was going so wrong for some people and so right for others. Too wet? Too dry? I think it s the MIXING method that makes a difference. If you mix this like a group of kindergartners would dump and mix by hand it should turn out just fine. If you are using an electric stand mixer you might have to make some changes to get it to work. My first shot at this recipe was using a KitchenAid stand mixer and my results were less than ideal. The dough looked nice and rolled out pretty well but it was impossible to get the cut shapes off of the floured surface without destroying them even repeatedly flouring the surface and re-rolling wasn t cutting it they just stuck down and fell apart. In an attempt to salvage the batch I put the whole ball back into the mixer and added another 1/4 Cup of flour. Perfect! It rolled out well and cut well on a floured surface and the cookies turned out great. Second try was by hand to see if my theory about mixing held true and it did. The original recipe worked just fine when mixed by hand with a good old-fashioned wooden spoon. I floured the table and rolling pin heavily and repeatedly while rolling and cutting. Stick with the simpler forms like Christmas trees and snowmen not reindeer with skinny legs the dough is a bit fragile. Cookies are soft and puffy like the ones you get at the bakery with the super-sweet frosting on the Read More
(37)
Rating: 1 stars
10/14/2003
I am dissappointed at the dough quality. As soon as my 5 year old tried to roll the dough it crumbled into little pieces. Then once the shapes were finally cut as she removed them from the board they crumbled again. This is not a recipe to repeat. Read More
(31)
Rating: 3 stars
12/05/2003
The dough was a little dry even though I was very carefull with my measurements. After adding a couple table spoons of milk it was much easier to roll out and cut. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/05/2003
This is a fool proof recipe. I hate cut out cookies because they can be so finicky. These however were rather easy (although my dough was a little dry when cutting the shapes). And they tasted like the kind my kids like at the store - you know...the ones with all the frosting. I will make these again. Read More
(21)
Rating: 2 stars
10/25/2003
I really didn't care for this dough recipe. It wasn't sweet enough to be sugar cookies I ended up making a lemon glaze to go over the top. Plus if you roll it out more than once it got too crumbly. I wouldn't use this one again. It WAS easy but not worth wasting my time on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2003
Crisp delicious! I rolled them out and cut into shapes then sprinkled with sugar before baking. My kids nieces and nephews gobbled them up! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/25/2003
Great tasting but is not child proof. The dough is soft and needs lots of flour to cut out the cookies. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/29/2003
This recipe is horrible. I wish I had read the reviews before I made it. A complete waste of time and money on my ingredients. The flavor isn't bad but the mix was extremely DRY and the cookies are like bricks!! Read More
(9)
Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2003
batter would not form a ball and I was careful in adding all the ingredients needed to add milk to the recipe to get it to stick together too dry tasting..will not bake this again. Read More
(8)
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