Sugar Cookies With Buttercream Frosting

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“This sugar cookie recipe goes way back in my family, at least to my maternal great-grandmother. My mom always had a lot of cookie cutters, so we would make these for different occasions and decorate them with colored icing.”
20-30 cookies

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream together shortening, egg, vanilla and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture in three phases, alternating with the three tablespoons of milk.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. At this point the dough can be kept overnight in the fridge or for several months in the freezer.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Flour a smooth surface, and roll the dough to 1/4 inch, working with about half the dough at a time. Put the remaining dough in the fridge to stay chilled. Cut out the cookies with cookie cutters of your choice.
  5. Place cut-out cookies on a cookie sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Allow cookies to cool before decorating with frosting.
  7. Buttercream Frosting: Cream softened butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla and milk, adding milk by teaspoons and beating until frosting is smooth and of desired spreading consistency.

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