This sugar cookie recipe is great for Christmas cut-out cookies.

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

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  • In separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda 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

336.7 calories; 4.9 g protein; 51.3 g carbohydrates; 31.2 mg cholesterol; 216.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2005
Great for making cut outs! Very good taste! Do not be afraid of how dough looks after mixing you have to make it into a ball. I thought that I had done something wrong. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/17/2005
dont know what I did wrong. I followed the recipe to a tee. even after 4 hrs of regrigeration it was not dough it just crumbled. Read More
(10)
80 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2005
Great for making cut outs! Very good taste! Do not be afraid of how dough looks after mixing you have to make it into a ball. I thought that I had done something wrong. Read More
(37)
Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2004
This recipe was super easy and turned out great. The cookies were very chewy. I found that putting the dough in to the freezer right before you're going to use it makes it easier to work with. By far the best sugar cookie recipe i've come across. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2003
I'm hunting for a perfect sugar cookie recipe. This recipe mixes and cuts out with cutters better than I've ever seen. It was a little hard to roll out but not sticky at all. It tastes delicious with frosting but is quite bland (like most sugar cookie recipes unfortunately) alone. I think I will try using orange or lemon juice in place of the vanilla and adding some lemon peel. Great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2003
These cookies are fun to make and fun to eat. My kids love to make them cut them out and gobble them down. They are the best tasting sugar cookies I have ever encountered. Generally I do not like sugar cookies but these are phenommenal. I highly recommend brushing the cookies with the egg white and water mixture that is listed as optional in the recipe. They come a lovely golden brown. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2007
I am not sure why so many people had trouble with this recipe. I followed it but mixed my shortening & sugar then put in my eggs mixed and then the rest of the ingredients only adding flour a cup at a time. Because some said it was dry I added an extra tbsp of milk and this dough was perfect for a roll out cookie. I only left it in the fridge for 2 hours bec I was short on time. If you were mixing the dough and see it was getting crumbly why would you continue to add flour? I stopped at 3 cups. The taste for a plain sugar cookie is comparable to other recipes. I also used butter flavored crisco. I think you should give this recipe a second chance. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2003
I'm not a very good cook but this was the easiest cookie recipe I've ever used for sugar cookies. Normally they fall apart when I try to cut them out. These worked perfectly and they taste great. I even added some nutmeg and cinnamon as decoration. Thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/17/2005
dont know what I did wrong. I followed the recipe to a tee. even after 4 hrs of regrigeration it was not dough it just crumbled. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2007
These were so yummy and chewy! I only had one egg so I used one egg and 1/4 cup of Egg Beaters egg substitute. They seemed to turn out fine but they need to be spread apart further than 1/2"- I only put 6 to a cookie sheet. (I rolled mine out to about 1/4" maybe slightly thinner) I brought them to a dinner for church and everyone complimented them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2006
I would definitely recommend this recipe. I cut the flour by 1/4 of a cup and added maple flavoring instead of vanilla and the texture is very nice. Rolled out beautifully. I have to admit when I first mixed it I thought it wouldn't work but after patting it into a ball and refrigerating for 2 hours it was very easy to handle. Read More
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