Sugar Cookies...Yum!

Even though our weather has warmed up significantly the last few days (and will continue to be warm through the week), last Thursday officially marked the first day of autumn. That means it is time to get out the cookie cutters and make some fall-themed sugar cookies!

I received this recipe from a friend last summer. It's great for those fluffy sugar cookies that are way over-priced at the grocery store. The cookie itself isn't too sweet and remains tall and soft. As I was nearly out of powdered sugar, I had to go for a more buttercream style of icing, but it still tasted yummy. Next time, I'll do more of a traditional powdered sugar base frosting, though.

Here's the cookie recipe, in case you too want some leaf and pumpkin shaped cookies.

Shannon's Sugar Cookies

Cream together:
2/3 c shortening
3/4 c sugar
1 egg
1/2 t orange peel
1/2 t vanilla
4 T milk

Add to the mixture:
2 c flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt

Refrigerate. Roll out to approximately 1/4" thick. Bake 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes.

Note: This dough gets gooey and melty extremely fast. I found it was easiest to take out just a little bit of dough, put the rest back in the fridge (or freezer, if you're doing a flash cool), quickly roll out using plenty of flour, cut cookies, then put the leftover dough back in the fridge while taking out another little bit. Another tip is to "dip" your spatula into flour. This helps your fragile cookie cutouts slide easily onto the spatula and then onto the cookie sheet.


  1. Dang this goes against my "no rolling" policy, but those look really good! I'll have to comprise my cooking standards and make them.

  2. Oh my goodness! It's a miracle your don't weight a thousand lbs! Who eats all these things!?

  3. Ha! Steph, it helps that every Monday night we have about twelve people over for Bible study. I always put out whatever treats I have in the house. Otherwise I'd definitely eat a cookie every hour.

  4. dang it candace we keep egging each other on with these recipes. i made chocolate cake last week and fortunately brought it to bible study where over half of it was consumed, but now i want frosted sugar cookies!! we really should live closer to each other - we'd save on cooking supplies and calories!


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