Allison's White Sugar Cookies

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Recipe by Acerast

My SIL (from Illinois) shared this delicious recipe with me some years ago. It is the one roll-out sugar cookie that I go back to again and again because of the easy-to-work-with dough and the wonderful flavor. My kids like to use Christmas tree shapes and frost them with green icing, but I like to cut them in star shapes and bake them with just a sprinkling of colored sugar. The dough is easiest to work with when it has been chilled.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar.
  2. Add eggs; mix well.
  3. Dissolve baking soda in hot water; add to mixture.
  4. Blend in vanilla and sour cream.
  5. Add flour, baking powder and salt; mix well.
  6. Cover and chill dough for at least 2 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  8. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. (I buy in bulk from the local food service store - a great price and less grease and clean-up).
  9. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to desired thickness (1/8-inch for crispy and 1/4-inch for softer cookies).
  10. Optional - sprinkle cookies at this point with colored sugar. To make cookies to frost, bake them plain.
  11. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.
  12. Decorate with your favorite frostings and decorative candies.

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