These are the cookies that my mom used to make every Christmas time.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
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). Grease cookie sheets.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the shortening, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; blend into the creamed mixture. Roll dough into 1/2 inch balls and place them 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten each ball slightly and sprinkle with colored sugar.

  • 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

80 calories; protein 0.9g 2% DV; carbohydrates 9.1g 3% DV; fat 4.5g 7% DV; cholesterol 7.8mg 3% DV; sodium 40.8mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (49)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2004
Easy! Easy! EASY!!! Just remember to chill the dough in wax paper for about 45 minutes for "bakery cookie" results! Read More
(18)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/25/2010
this cookie was OK although they were moist and fluffy they lacked flavor. butter probably would have enhanced flavor. i did chill the dough for about 45 min which always seems to work better for me. Read More
(4)
55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2004
Easy! Easy! EASY!!! Just remember to chill the dough in wax paper for about 45 minutes for "bakery cookie" results! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2003
I LOVE these cookies. I made a similar recipe years ago but lost the recipe in a move. When I made them they were called Cookie Monster Cookies and came out of a Sesame Street Cookbook but now all Cookie Monster Cookies are those with M & M's and oatmeal peanut butter etc. These cookies remind me of Sugar cookie cakes sort of thicker than normal cutout cookies usually are and sweet with a tender texture. I didn't roll mine in sugar but dipped a glass in sugar and used it to flatten. These are great frosted! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2003
This is a wonderful cookie! However we used butter not shortening. We rolled the dough in colored sugar for Christmas. The dough is gooey at first but if you let it sit for just a little bit it turns out perfectly!!! Read More
(13)
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2003
My daughter needed cookies to take to school for chirstmas party and we wanted to make cookies from scratch so we tried these. This recipe was easy to make and very delicious. We chose to use cookie cutters to make christmas shapes and found that we had to put the dough in the refridgerator for a while before rolling out the dough but they turned out wonderful! Great recipe! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2003
I've been looking for a sugar cookie recipe as well as a shortbread recipe. My daughter made these - by herself- and they came out awesome. She used margerine instead of shortening and in my opinion they tasted like a cross between sugar cookies and shortbread cookies. Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
03/29/2003
This recipe was wonderful. The dough was a little oily when being formed into balls but I added a pinch of four to my hands in order to make them less gooie. There was a small hint of saltyness to the cookies but I was using a coarser salt be sure to use the finest ground salt you can find and I'm sure you won't have the same problem. I also used the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar to flatten the cookie before cooking. They turned out PERFECTLY sweet light & delightful! This one is a keeper! Read More
(8)
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2005
THESE COOKIES ARE GREAT. I LOVE THIS RECIPE BECAUSE IT DOES NOT REQUIRE BUTTER. THE COOKIES CAME OUT VERY SOFT AND YUMMY! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2009
used the recipe to make cutout cookies and the dough was very sticky. needed more time in the fridge. However with a little flour we were able to cut them out. Had a 6 yr old and 4 year old helping. Overall an easy recipe that tasted great Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2003
This took me all of about 10 minutes to prepare and they tasted great. Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
08/25/2010
this cookie was OK although they were moist and fluffy they lacked flavor. butter probably would have enhanced flavor. i did chill the dough for about 45 min which always seems to work better for me. Read More
(4)
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