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Donna's Sugar Cookies


2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons almond extract
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
colored sugars, jimmies, non-pareils or dragées (optional)
decorating icing (optional)

In a mixing bowl, beat together sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Stir in eggs, sour cream and almond extract; beat well. In another bowl, stir together flour and baking soda. Stir flour mixture into shortening mixture until well combined. If necessary, add enough extra flour so that the dough forms a ball. Divide dough into 4 parts. Wrap each part in plastic wrap and chill about 2 hours. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness between two sheets of waxed paper. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. If desired, decorate with colored sugars, jimmies, or dragées. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges of cookies are golden. Allow to cool one minute on cookie sheets and then remove to wire racks to cool completely. If cookies were not decorated before baking, decorate with icing.

Note: Yield depends on how big your cookie cutters are.

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Reviews of Donna's Sugar Cookies:

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  myra in california  Nov 27, 2010
Would make this again.
i tried this recipe i think that it was the best the cookiees came out really good all of my ffamily really loved them. 5 stars

  Hilary (the Best in the West)  Dec 23, 2007
Would not make this again.
They were not that great. They were soft like you say but blah because it tasted very bland. They definetley were not what I expected they sounded amazing but they really are not that good. 4 stars

  A cookie baker in Buffalo, NY  Dec 13, 2007
Would make this again.
Very tasty! The flavor was nice and light, not overly sugary and perfect for frosting. Also the recipe was great to do with kids. I made these with three boys, 7, 6 and 3, and they were definitely able to participate. This will definitely become part of my Christmas cookie repretoire! 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Sydney, Australia  Dec 1, 2006
Would make this again.
These cookies tasted awsome ive made them for my teacher in cooking... i got like 90%...soo awsome WOOOOO 4 stars

  A cookie baker in St. Louis  Nov 13, 2006
Would not make this again.
I tried these cookies based on the reviews. I would not make these again. They came out beautiful to look at, nice and soft. As for the flavor, they are bland. My family did not like them at all. 1 star

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