Sugar cookie cutouts


We are not finished with our Christmas just yet and a Christmas without cookies just isn’t right. So I got out all my cookie supplies to make the family some of their favorites, with sugar cookies being at the top of that list.


To get started you will need:

1/3 cup of shortening

½ cup butter

2 1/4 cups of flour

¾ cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons of milk.

Icing- 1 teaspoon of milk to a cup of powdered sugar, you can add more milk a tiny bit at a time if icing is too thick.

Beat all wet ingredients first with an electric mixer on medium speed until softened.


Add half the dry ingredients, stir, then add other half. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. On lightly floured surface roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness, then cut into shapes.


On ungreased cookie sheet place 1 inch apart and bake in a 375F oven for 8-9 minutes.

Cool on wire rack for a few minutes.

Now the real fun starts, the decorating. Add icing and sprinkles and whatever little candies you may like.


Another yummy cookie to try is pecan cookies.


You will need:

½ shortening

½ cup butter

21/4 cups of flour

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup of brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 cup of pecans

Mix all wet ingredients first then slowly add dry ingredients and stir, then add pecans.


Bake at 375F on ungreased rack about an inch apart for 8 minutes, then cool on rack.


You can get as creative as you like with your cookie recipes by adding candy bar bits, chocolate chips, Pretzel bits and M&M’s.


Now onto packaging these little treats up to hand out.



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