Rating: 4 stars 3.8
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This sugar cookie recipe is great for Christmas cut-out cookies.

Recipe Summary

30 mins
8 mins
2 hrs
2 hrs 38 mins
6 dozen


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine sugar and shortening in a mixing bowl. Beat at low speed just until smooth. Mix in eggs, milk, and vanilla.

  • In separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour into sugar mixture and blend until combined.

  • Shape dough into a ball and wrap with waxed paper or plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours until easy to handle.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper.

  • Roll out half of the dough at a time on a lightly floured surface. Keep the remaining dough refrigerated. For crisp cookies, roll paper-thin. For softer cookies, roll 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.

  • With floured cookie cutters, cut dough into various shapes. Re-roll dough trimmings into a ball, cover and refrigerate, and continue to cut shapes with chilled dough.

  • Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on greased cookie sheets. To glaze, brush tops of cookies with heavy or whipping cream or with an egg white slightly beaten with 1 tablespoon of water.

  • Sprinkle cookies with your choice of toppings; bake 8 minutes or until very light brown. Remove cookies and cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

337 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 51.3g; fat 12.6g; cholesterol 31.2mg; sodium 216.5mg. Full Nutrition