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Sugar Cookies

I got this cookie recipe from the back of a Great Value bag of sugar (crazy!) and I've used it since college. It works great with all cookie cutter shapes and tastes delish! I make my cookies a little thicker, so this recipe makes about 24 cookies for me. 


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 Tbsp milk (almond milk is fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter and beat until creamy.

  2. Next, add milk, egg and vanilla to the mixing bowl & blend.

  3. In a separate large bowl, combine flour, baking powder & salt & mix with a fork until blended.

  4. With the mixing bowl going at the lowest speed, gradually add the dry mix to the wet ingredients until a thick dough forms. 

  5. Once the thick dough forms, separate into two balls / flatten into discs on plastic wrap. Chill for about 1 hour to help the dough become a little more firm which is easier for cutting out cookies! 

  6. Once cookie dough is slightly chilled, roll out on a well-floured surface. I roll mine out until they're between 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick (I prefer thicker cookies!). 

  7. Place on a baking sheet & bake in an oven, preheated to 400 degrees. 

  8. Bake cookies approximately 8 - 10 minutes, before they turn golden. Let sit for a few seconds on the sheet, then move to a cooling rack to fully cool before icing.