Classic Sugar Cookies

Rolling, cutting, decorating and ultimately transforming our Classic Sugar Cookies into one of a kind holiday cookies is a long standing tradition in families across America!
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  • Total: 37 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 7 min
  • Yield: 5 dozen cookies
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1 cup Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening

or 1 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening

4 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 tbsps. milk

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 tsp. vanilla extract

4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour

1 1/2 tsps. baking soda

1 1/2 tsps. cream of tartar

1 tsp. salt

Colored sugar and decors (optional)


Buttery Cream Frosting:


or 1/3 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening

1 1/2 tsps. vanilla extract

6 to 7 tbsps. milk

Food coloring (optional)


  1. COMBINE shortening, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large bowl; beat at medium speed until well blended. Add milk. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla.
  2. COMBINE flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt in separate large bowl. Mix into shortening mixture until well blended. Chill 1 hour.
  3. HEAT oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. ROLL out 1/3 of dough at a time to about 1/4-inch thickness on floured surface. Cut out with cookie cutters. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugars and decors or leave plain and frost when cooled.
  5. BAKE 6 to 8 minutes or until edges of cookies are slightly golden. Remove immediately to cooling rack.
  6. Buttery Cream Frosting:
  7. COMBINE powdered sugar, shortening and vanilla in bowl of electric mixer; slowly blend in milk to reach desired consistency.
  8. BEAT on high speed for 5 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Tint frosting with food coloring, if desired.
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