25 Day Christmas Treat Countdown, Baking, Christmas, Cookies, Holiday, Home, Recipes

Soft Sugar Cookies

25 Days of Christmas

Day 8

This is a recipe my mom used every Christmas as I was growing up and now I make them every year. I wouldn’t use any other sugar cookie recipe.

This recipe allows you to leave them plain, sugared, or frosted.

This is a recipe that will allow you to make the dough in advance and leave in a refrigerator until you are ready to bake. You also do not have to frost at the same time. You can bake and decorate on another day or time.

I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and friends have.

Happy Baking…


1 c sugar

1/2 c melted shortening

1/2 c sour milk (1/2 tsp vinegar to 1/2 c milk)

1 tsp baking soda (added to sour milk)

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

dash salt

3 c flour (approximately, add more or less to mixture insuring the dough isn’t too sticky to work with)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine sugar, shortening, and egg. Mix sour milk and baking soda together (should be foamy). Stir in salt, vanilla and flour (enough to make dough still but not sticky).

Roll on floured surface and cut with cutters. Add colored sugar if desired or leave plain. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 7-10 minutes. When baked, remove from cookie sheet on to a cooling wire rack. When cooled, if wish, happy decorating. I included an easy frosting recipe yesterday to this category.

(When I make I will attach my photos later.

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