Mennonite Soft White Cookies

Total Time
1hr 24mins
Prep 1 hr 15 mins
Cook 9 mins

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!

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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Had a great time making (as well as sharing!) these wonderful cookies! I did use a small-size cookie cutter so have a lot of them to share with neighbors & other friends! I do love coconut, so was probably a bit too generous with that ingredient! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! [Made & reviewed for one of my adopted chef in this Spring's Pick A Chef event]