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Donna’s Sugar Cookies

Donna's Sugar Cookies

Donna’s Sugar Cookies

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Donna's Sugar Cookies
4.2 rating based on 12,345 ratings
4.2/5 (8)
Course: Cutout CookiesDifficulty: Medium

A soft cutout cookie recipe that makes a great base for icing. This makes a a lot of dough, but the exact yield depends entirely on how big your cookie cutters are!


  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda

  • decorating icing or frosting


  • 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. 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. Decorate with icing or frosting.


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This is not a cookie for sugaring, must use glaze or icing. Perfect for decorative cookie trays. (must be iced, not sugared or the taste is too bland ) Beautiful and tasty gourmet results!!
- Donna N
i tried this recipe i think that it was the best the cookiees came out really good all of my ffamily really loved them.
- myra
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!
- A Baker
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.
- A Baker
these were very goood-instead of putting in fridge for 2 hours-put in freezer for 20 min-they press very easy-use frosting with powd.sugar/cream/butter-it is perfect-very very yummy! i have always had a hard time with frosting-not this time-
- rani jenkins
It has been a long time that I have made sugar cookies that were this good! I liked the fact that they stayed soft until they were all gone. Looks like I'll be making more for Valentine's Day! Thanks
- Donna
The moistest, mouth-wateringest, longest lasting and most delicious cookie I've ever baked, and the ONLY Christmas cookie recipe I'll ever make! Also makes the perfectest gift!
- Sharyl Kirn
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.
- Hilary (Best in the West)
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