This is the sugar cookie recipe I grew up with. It makes delicious, soft, cakey cookies that are perfectly sweet. But the dough is pretty wet, and it was always such a pain to roll out. It stuck to everything, and I ended up adding a ton of extra flour trying to prevent that. I ended up not making them for years because they were just such a pain.
Then one day it hit me - stop rolling them! Now I just drop scoops of dough on the baking sheet, flatten them with a glass, and call it a day.
Super easy, super quick, and now I can have my favorite sugar cookies again without the hassle.
Makes about 2 dozen depending on size
- 2/3 Cup Shortening
- 1 Cup Sugar, plus extra for flattening
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 3 Cups Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/3 Cup Milk
- Extra sprinkles, colored sugar, or regular table sugar for sprinkling.
- Cream shortening and 1 cup sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well until combined.
- Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together.
- Add half of the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix well.
- Add the milk and mix until combined.
- Add the remaining dry ingredients and stir until combined.
- Place small scoops (a tablespoon or two) of dough onto ungreased baking sheets.
- Dip a flat bottomed glass into the extra sugar and flatten the scoops until they're about 1/4" thick. Be sure to dip in the sugar before flattening each cookie so the glass won't stick to the dough.
- Sprinkle with additional sprinkles or sugar.
- Bake in a 350 oven for about 10 minutes or until they just start browning on the bottom, rotating sheets halfway though the baking time.
- Let cool on the sheet for a few minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely.
Please ignore the fact that my cookies have the faintest orange hue. My son wanted orange cookies but I didn't want to add the entire bottle of food coloring, so they were just barely tinted orange and ended up looking a little strange. Yours will be regular sugar-cookie-colored, I promise!
Hope you enjoy!
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