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  • Writer's pictureArielle & Ashley

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

As Ashley was growing up, her family enjoyed making these old-fashioned sugar cookies every holiday season. We hope your family will enjoy them as much as hers has. They are soft, fat, and oh so delicious.


4 ½ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 ¼ cups shortening

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon lemon extract

1 cup buttermilk or sour milk


  1. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.

  2. In a large mixer bowl, beat shortening for 30 seconds. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla, and lemon extract and beat well. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to shortening mixture, beating until well mixed. Divide in half. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours or until easy to handle.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  4. Roll dough ½ inch thick. Cut into rounds with a 3-inch cookie cutter. Place 2 ½ inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.

  5. Remove and cool

  6. Makes approximately 24 cookies.

  7. Enjoy a new holiday tradition with your family.


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