These are what the name implies. They come together very quickly, use ingredients I’m sure you have on hand, and are a nice crowd pleaser. I only do cut out decorated sugar cookies four times a year at most. They are just too much work and too much cleaning up to do regularly.
These cookies, however, are perfect for a treat for the family. Cutouts cannot be served only to family, as it is a complete waste of effort. You won’t feel martyred if you serve these up to your kids and husband and no one admires your hard work. Roll them in a seasonally colored sugar if you want to go crazy.
They use half butter and half shortening. You could use just butter if you want, but the Crisco keeps them softer and milder tasting. I have done them with just shortening, but the recipe is best as is.
Soft and Simple Sugar Cookies
-1/2 cup butter, softened
-1/2 cup shortening such as Crisco
-1 cup granulated sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 1/4 cups AP flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
coarse/ colored sugar for rolling
- Preheat oven to 350. Cream fats and sugar in stand mixer for about 3 minutes, until creamy and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla.
- Combine dry ingredients. On low speed, add slowly to butter mixture until combined.
- Roll in to tablespoon sized balls, roll in sparkling sugar, and place on parchment lined baking sheets. Gently flatten with a glass. They will spread a little.
- Bake 13 minutes, or until set. Makes about 30-36 cookies.