Allison's White Sugar Cookies

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"My sister-in-law, Allison, shared this recipe with me when the kids were little. The kids liked to make holiday shapes and frost them but I like the cookies with just a sprinkling of colored sugar rather than frosting. When chilled, the dough is easy to work with."

Original recipe yields 48 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (25.3 g)
  • Calories 106.3
  • Total Fat - 4.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 15.5 mg
  • Sodium - 63.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 14.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.3 g
  • Sugars - 6.3 g
  • Protein - 1.5 g
  • Calcium - 11 mg
  • Iron - 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add egg; mix well.

Step 2

Dissolve baking soda in hot water; stir into sugar mixture. Stir in sour cream and vanilla.

Step 3

Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix well. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 350F (180C or gas mark 4).

Step 5

Lightly grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper. (I buy parchment in bulk from the local food service store - a great price and less grease and clean-up).

Step 6

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to desired thickness (1/8-inch for crispy and 1/4-inch for softer cookies). Place cookies on prepared pan.

Step 7

Optional - sprinkle cookies at this point with colored sugar, or, to make cookies to frost, leave them plain.

Step 8

Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until edges are lightly brown. Cool on racks. Decorate when cooled with your favorite frosting and decorative candies. This recipe works well for any holiday!

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