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Easy Rolled Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword sugar cookie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 23 minutes
Author Heather


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • If using a stand mixer, fit with paddle attachment.  Cream together shortening and butter until completely mixed.
  • Add in the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add in eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined.  Add in vanilla and beat until combined.
  • With the mixer on slow speed, add in the baking powder and flour.  Mix until just combined.  
  • Cover and chill dough for at least an hour.  
  • Turn out dough on a floured surface and roll dough 1/8" thick.  Cut cookies with desired cookie cutters.  Place cookies on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes or until bottom is brown and the brown is creeping up the edges.  The tops of the cookies should not be shiny at all.  
  • Allow to cool completely.  Frost and decorate as desired.


  • These cookies don't spread too much, but if you don't want any spreading, chill cut out cookies for 5-10 minutes before baking.  This is more necessary for cut-outs with finer details.
  • The number of cookies this recipe makes obviously depends on the size of your cookie cutters.
  • This dough can chill in the fridge for up to 3 days and can be frozen for a couple of months.  To freeze the dough, wrap in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer safe ziplock bag.