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.



16 Comments Add yours

  1. Dandelion B says:

    I have never made “sugar cookies” I always thought my shortbread were sugar cookies lol. A family tradition here, shaped shortbread and then decorating some on xmas eve fro xmas day breakfast lol.

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    1. I am sure they taste just as good. The best part to me is the decorating.

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  2. They look absolutely yummy!

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  3. My friend 🙂 I knew I could count on you 🙂 Hubby wanted…wait for it…cranberry white chocolate macadamia nut cookie 🙂 🙂 I remembered your posts with the wonderful recipes. I knew there had to be a delicious, original recipe. Here you have it with the second one. I’ll just add cranberries, white chocolate, and macadamia nuts, shew! 🙂 One question. It asks for flour (both recipes do) All I have is all purpose flour, is that fine to use? If so, do I omit the baking soda or still use it? By the way, my favorite cookie is sugar cookies 🙂 This worked out just right 🙂 especially since they have such similar ingredients.

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    1. It’s all purpose flour, so sorry I forgot to write that. It’s an old recipe but just your basic sugar cookie recipe. I sift my flour anytime I make cookies. I try not to leave them in the oven too long because when they are soft they are super yummy. I need to make some of these this week to give out. I think I will try making little sheep and tie a red ribbon around them. I am not good at the detailed frosting like those cookie artist out there. Wow, there are some amazing artist out there when it comes to decorating cookies. I am in the process of finishing up a Gingerbread house (It’s a tradition) and it is so funny but it taste good. Hope you and your family are having a great Christmas season and God Bless you all. Stay safe, healthy and happy out there.

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      1. I couldn’t decorate cookies. Too much taste testing, there’d be no cookies left 🙂 I can’t wait to make these. Adding all hubbies requests. Great thing is with this recipe, you can make many different flavored cookies from one batch of dough. Your gingerhouse is going to be wonderful, I have confidence in that 🙂

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      2. Just finished the other day. I think it came out cute. I am not a professional but it’s one of our traditions so we have fun with it. On Christmas eve we tear it down, breaking off pieces to eat. The basic cookie dough recipe is yummy and I love that you can mix it up.

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      3. I just made these sugar cookies again. Its the third time and they are still delicious each time. 🙂 I’ve also made the second one several times too. Using different add-ins each time. Thank you again for sharing these. I’m going to get another cookie 🙂 🙂

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      4. I know, they are so yummy and I love that you can switch things up and design different cookies. I have been using this recipe before I had kids and they are young adults now. So glad you like it.

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      5. I will be enjoying them for ever 🙂 with my family and friends.

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      6. I just make some healthy cookies the other day from a recipe on YouTube that uses bananas instead of flour and shortening. I will have to share that one with you too. I will try to do a post on that in a couple of weeks.

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      7. That sounds great. How did they turn out?

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      8. Yummy, at least to my family and I. They are super soft though, more like little round pieces` of bread. They are healthier for us but the old fashion cookies don’t hurt every now and then. Plus anything we make ourselves doesn’t have chemicals or preservatives in it. We know whats in it because we see the ingredients.

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      9. I can’t wait to see the recipe. I agree. We’ve been doing more from scratch older recipes. I wished I had paid more attention in the kitchen with my grandma 🙂

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      10. Me too. I miss my Nana and all her wisdom.

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