Kathy's Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies

"This is a recipe I got from my awesome mother-in-law. We used to always make them around Christmas and have lots of fun together. She was the one who inspired the baker and cook in me so these are very special to me. It would not be Christmas if I didn't make these at least once! The dough needs to refrigerate overnight. I frost these with "Recipe#201364". These cookies are recommended to be frosted. These are not the type of cookies you want to just use sprinkle sugar on. There are other recipes for that if you don't want to frost them."
photo by Kellys Kravings photo by Kellys Kravings
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Ready In:
7hrs 10mins
5 dozen




  • Mix the vinegar and milk to make sour milk.
  • Add vanilla to the sour milk; set aside.
  • In large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and shortening until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time.
  • In separate bowl, blend together baking soda, salt, flour and baking powder.
  • Add flour mixture, alternately with sour milk mixture, to the creamed sugar and egg mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • On floured surface, roll out dough to desired thickness, about 1/4 inch.
  • Cut out with desired cookie cutter or cutters.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes; I like mine soft.
  • Let set on cookie sheet for 1 minute before removing to wire rack to cool.
  • Frost when cool.
  • This recipe should make about 5-6 dozen, depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use.

Questions & Replies

  1. Has anyone used shortening substitute? Is there a noticeable difference if using butter or margarine? Clarified Butter? I hate to buy shortening for one recipe, but if it makes a difference...


  1. I made these to day with the sugar cookie frosting and OHHHHMG! they taste just like the one you buy in the store.I always wondered how the made them soo light and fluffy and a little chewy without falling apart. they must use a recipe similar to this...these are the BEST soft sugar cookies i've ever made! Everyone in my family loved them as well. thanks :D
  2. I do no need to make these to rate it. I have made these for 43years. My mother in law made these. My husband's favorite. A very soft mildly sweet cookie that is perfect with a frosting. It is such a delicate taste that any flour other than a good white flour woulld ruin these. My daddy would ask me to keep two dozen for him plain, and he would have them with his morning coffee. Like the biscuits he loved. Thanks for postng, now i can just give out the number.
  3. SUPER AWESOME! I made these with a cake, decorated with your icing. They were perfectly soft & delicious! Thank you SO much!
  4. Gonna rate this now, because I'm so excited. I've been trying to find this kind of cookie for 30 years! I had an aquaintance make these and laughed when I saw so much flour. " What a waste! Why it need so much flour cause it calls for MILK...? That breaks the cookie rules!" Well..I ate my own words! She made such a fuss about cooking them and packing for shipping and when I tasted the glorious finished cookie with the incredible frosting (not icing) I went nuts. Then promptly lost the recipe and lost touch with her. I will follow up with a update as soon as I make these!
  5. I halved this recipe, and got right about 3 dozen cookies. The only changes I made were to use half whole wheat flour, and added almond extract as well as the vanilla called for. While I like that these have stayed soft (I made them a couple days ago), they puffed up a ton and are very cakey. They are also lacking in the flavor department. I put sprinkles on half of them, and frosted the other half with just a basic icing, and they are definitely better with the frosting. Although I am glad that I tried these, I am sad to say that they probably will not be made again.


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