Holiday Sugar Cookie Recipe – good for cut-outs

My sister hand wrote a cookbook for me in 2001. It’s called Sissy’s Recipes, Yummy!  The recipe for is on page 3. Originally titled Sugar Cookies (cut-outs) X-Mas.

This is my go-to recipe for Christmas cut out cookies. It makes a lot of dough. I take about 1/3 of the dough and make drop cookies and put rainbow sprinkles on them. If I used all the dough to make cutouts, I’d be making cut outs until New Years!


Holiday Sugar Cookies

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortening (I used organic coconut oil, you can also use butter)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour milk*
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/2-4 cups of flour

*Sour milk – 1 cup milk and 2 TSP apple cider vinegar, stir until curdled

Combine first five ingredients and cream for 2 mins with electric beaters. Add remaining ingredients. Use your best judgment on the flour. I typically end up using all 4 cups. The dough will be very soft. Divide into 3 globs and wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Roll out the dough one section at a time and use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out shapes.  Keep other sections refrigerated until you are ready to roll. Place on parchment paper or ungreased cookie sheet.

If you want to drop some of these like I do, just drop them on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with sugar or your favorite sprinkles.

Bake at 375 for about 9-10 minutes depending on your oven.

Let cool completely before you frost.

Happy Holidays!