These sugar cookies are very soft and fluffy for those of us who like them chewy, not hard or crisp. Try substituting strawberry flavoring for the vanilla!

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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 (175 degrees C).

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour and baking powder, stir into the mixture alternately with the milk. Drop dough by spoonfuls or roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut with cookie cutters into desired shapes. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

207.2 calories; protein 3.1g 6% DV; carbohydrates 31.1g 10% DV; fat 7.7g 12% DV; cholesterol 25.4mg 9% DV; sodium 20.3mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2003
these cookies where wonderfull. My mother loved them. She wasn't feeling well so i baked them myself. I'm only 13 and i love to cook. Everyone likes these cookies. They are so light and flakey. Who ever gave u this recipe really knows how to cook. Thank u for sharing it with us. Miranda Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/08/2003
Eating these tea cakes was like chewing on cardboard. Eating them with tea was like chewing on wet cardboard. I can not see how these cakes could be deemed edible. The seagulls at the beach wouldn't even look at them. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2003
these cookies where wonderfull. My mother loved them. She wasn't feeling well so i baked them myself. I'm only 13 and i love to cook. Everyone likes these cookies. They are so light and flakey. Who ever gave u this recipe really knows how to cook. Thank u for sharing it with us. Miranda Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
Exactly what I was looking for in a sugar cookie soft fluffy easy and most of all tasty! Not too sweet perfect for tea/coffee. Read More
(14)
Rating: 1 stars
12/08/2003
Eating these tea cakes was like chewing on cardboard. Eating them with tea was like chewing on wet cardboard. I can not see how these cakes could be deemed edible. The seagulls at the beach wouldn't even look at them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/15/2007
Nana's tea cakes Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2003
I did this recipe as a drop cookie and they came out alright. This is the first time I've ever baked sugar cookies so I have nothing to compare it to but it was a nice and easy recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2008
This is a great recipe. I tinkered with it but it is a wonderful basic sugar cookie. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2012
These are fabulous. They are cakes...NOT a cookie graced with either a very delicate whipped icing (store bought will is unsatisfactory) and/or fruit/whole or preserve. (flour should be self rising not all purpose though) They are not to be dipped in tea but sip-bite as with cuisine and good wine. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/10/2008
These were not good. At best they were bland. I just baked a batch and even frosted they taste bad enough that I'm going to have to have my husband swing me by the grocery store to buy cookies. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2007
These cookies are very bland and mealy in texture. I did substitute butter for half of the shortening hoping to bring up the flavor but no luck. Perhaps with some icing they would be good. Read More
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