These sugar cookies are a family favorite! I’ve been making these cookies my entire life, starting with my mom and grandmother when I was very young. We’ve continued the tradition with our kids as well and I hope it’s a recipe they want to make with their children someday.
We make these cookies many times every year. These get created for most holidays and special events. We have a big collection of cookie cutters so we can make a big variety of shapes. You can see examples of snowflakes for any winter event or maybe a Frozen movie party. We also have hearts for Valentines day and shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day. As I make more shapes for various events, I will try to return and include additional pictures. These cookies are so much fun to make! These cookies aren’t about being the perfect decorator. In fact, I think that might take the fun out of this as a family activity. Kids love to just dump decorations on a cookie, and then they love seeing their creations on the cookie plate later when the icing has dried. They look for their favorite that they remember when decorating or maybe see one that another family member made that they cannot resist.
If you want to make them pretty, you can of course do that with decorators icing and by using the techniques of lining the outside then flooding the center. Then very carefully add your decorations. I wouldn’t recommend that technique with kids as they will lose patience. However you decide to decorate these cookies, you will not be disappointed by their amazing flavor. We crave these many times a year!
Favorite Sugar Cookies Recipe
- 1 cup shortening, not butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- Cream shortening and sugar well. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
- Gradually blend in dry ingredients which have been sifted together.
- Chill dough at least 3 hours but best if chilled over night.
- Roll to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured pastry canvas.
- Cut cookies with floured cookie cutters. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
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