Soft Italian Sugar Cookies

READY IN: 50mins
Pam H.
Recipe by HokiesMom

This is a bit different than the other recipe on this site as it does not use buttermilk and has a lot less sugar. Found it in a Simple & Delicious magazine.

Top Review by cookiefrostingrocks

These are truly a lovely cookie. Very low sweetness until you frost them, then they are glorious.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together shortening and sugar.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt together (I use a whisk) and gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  4. Shape dough into 1-1/2" balls.
  5. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Remove to wire racks to cool after 2 minutes.
  8. ****FOR ICING****.
  9. In a small bowl, combine the milk, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar until smooth.
  10. Tint with food coloring (I prefer the gel) if desired.
  11. ****DECORATING****.
  12. Dip the cooled cookies into the icing.
  13. Sprinkle with colored sugars if desired.
  14. Place on waxed paper until icing is set.

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