Soft Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Out of all the different dessert recipes I've tried out, Boyfriend's favorite is sugar cookies.  He likes all the sugar cookie recipes I've tried, but his favorite was the soft sugar cookies I made during Christmas.  Those sugar cookies didn't have a rolled dough that I could use to make cut-out shapes though. I wanted to make heart shaped soft sugar cookies for this weekend, so I searched for another recipe. 


I ended up finding a recipe on allrecipes.  The recipe was not a rolled recipe, but I read comments that it could be used to make cut-out cookies and that the dough doesn't even need refrigeration like most cut out recipes.

The fact that I didn't need to refrigerate the dough was a definite plus for me.  Sure enough the dough was solid enough for me to roll out and make cut outs.  The dough is definitely softer than most rolled dough, but it's still firm enough to roll out.

The cookies dough was easy to work with and the cookies came out tasty.  Boyfriend loved them.

Soft Sugar Cut Out Cookies (adapted from Laura Stearns at allrecipes)


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, shortening and sugar. Stir
    in the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt,
    stir into the creamed mixture until dough comes together. Take large portion of dough and roll out on flat surface to about 1/4 inch thick and use cookie cutter to make cookie shapes.  Re-roll the dough scraps and repeat.

  3. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until bottom is
    light brown. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.
From heart sugar cookies

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