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Mennonite Soft White Cookies

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“A sugar cookie that is not too sweet, but deliciously soft! I was served cookies like these by a Mennonite couple, and searched desperately for the recipe until I found this one on a Mennonite cooking website! They've been a big hit wherever I've taken them, and they're a family favourite! I've modified the recipe to have coconut on top, like they were first served to me. If necessary, add an extra 1/4-1/2 cup of flour to keep the dough from being too sticky, and if you don't have buttermilk, use 1 cup milk + 1 tsp. vinegar and let stand for 5 minutes before use. The measurements for the icing are approximate, as I don't usually measure the amounts exactly and they aren't given on the recipe site; make more if you need/like more! Enjoy!”
1hr 24mins
60 cookies

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream shortening and sugar together.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.
  3. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Stir flour mixture, alternately with the buttermilk, into the creamed mixture, until it forms a soft ball. Add extra flour if necessary.
  5. Cover and chill in the fridge for about 1 hour.
  6. Roll out on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness, cut into circles or desired shapes and place on cookie sheets.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 9 minute.
  8. Mix all icing ingredients until mixture is of spreading consistency. Make sure butter/margarine is softened before using. You can also add food colouring if desired!
  9. When cookies are cool, ice with icing.
  10. Sprinkle coconut on tops as desired.

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