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The Ultimate Sugar Cookie

The Ultimate Sugar Cookie

The Ultimate Sugar Cookie

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The Ultimate Sugar Cookie
4.4 rating based on 12,345 ratings
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Course: Cutout CookiesDifficulty: Medium

Dairy-free cutout cookie recipe using shortening. A cookie using butter will generally be crisper and flakier. The shortening in this recipe will yield a softer cookie if you don’t roll it out too thin. For the softest cookies, roll these out thick and use larger cookie cutters.


  • 3/4 cup Golden Crisco or Butter-flavored Crisco (shortening)

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • Coloured decorations or icing


  • Cream Crisco, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large mixer bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until light and creamy. Cmbine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture, mixing on low speed until well blended. Cover dough and chill 1 hour, if desired, for easy rolling. Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll half of dough at a time. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness (or thicker for the softest cookies). Using a cookie cutter, cut in desired shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Roll leftover pieces one time only (more than that and you will end up with tough cookies because the dough will be overworked). Sprinkle with coloured decorations or leave plain to decorate when cool. Bake at 375°F for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly golden. (Time will vary with cookie size.) Cool slightly, then remove to cooling rack.


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Delicious! Easy to make & they keep their shape. The cookies are crunchy, but that works for me.
- Baking Hobby
I don't understand why they came out so hard. Followed the directions.
- Tom
although these cookies taste good, mine came out incredibly hard even after lowering baking time and temperature. i even made the cookies thicker and they still came out just as hard
- A Baker
This is a wonderful recipe! my family loves them so much that they are now a necessity for every occasion!
- Lauren
I love these sugar cookies my husband whats me to make about 20 doz i don't think so my whole family loves these...i make them every year...thanks for this wonderful receipt...
- claudia frederick
These turned out great! I used 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond like suggested and it is perfect!
- Andrea
Ultimate Sugar Cookies are becoming our traditional cookies for holidays. Our families & friends love them. They have been asking me to make it again. Best cookies I've ever come across. :D
- A Baker
real good, add more flavor
- A Baker
This recipe was amazing! The only suggestion i can make is to add 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond instead of 1 tsp of vanilla. The almond gives the cookies more flavor!
- Mallary
My sister and I have found that these are the best! We do use the Butter flavor Crisco and everyone LOVES them!
- Nita
These are the absolute BEST sugar cookie recipe I've come across. It's easy, quick, and fool-proof. I've even tried it by substituting lemon extract for the vanilla - delicious! Thanks for the recipe.
- Jenn
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