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Sugar Cookies Like You Remember

Sugar Cookies Like You Remember

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  • Makes: 24 to 48 servings
  • Yield: 48 small or 24 large cookies
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Chill 3 hrs
  • Bake 8 mins per batch

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Nutmeg lends unmistakable holiday flavor to these puffy, old-fashioned cut-out cookies. They do spread a bit, so don't use this recipe for delicate shapes. It's best-suited for circles, bells and the like.


  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract (optional)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • Homemade or canned frosting, plus desired decorations such as colored sugar or sprinkles (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and nutmeg.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening 30 seconds. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and lemon extract, using; beat well.
  3. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to shortening mixture, beating until mixed. Divide in half. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 3 hours for easy handling.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees . For small cookies (pictured), roll dough 3/8-inch thick on a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes with a 2-inch cutter. For large cookies, roll dough 1/2-inch thick and use a 3-inch cutter. Arrange cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake small cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and large cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Frost and decorate as desired.


  • * For a cookie on a stick, tuck a lollipop stick or craft stick under the center of the cookie. Press stick into dough slightly. Bake cookies as directed.

Nutrition Facts

(Sugar Cookies Like You Remember)

Servings Per Recipe 24, fiber (g) 0, carb. (g) 17, chol. (mg) 9, Fat, total (g) 6, cal. (kcal) 123, sodium (mg) 75

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