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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

A simple sugar cookie recipe with vintage flair.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: amish sugar cookies, drop sugar cookies, easy sugar cookies, homestyle sugar cookies
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Coarse/ colored sugar for rolling


  • Preheat oven to 375 or (350 convection).  Prepare two baking sheets by lining with parhcment paper.
  • Cream butter, shortening, and sugar in stand mixer for about 3 minutes, until creamy and fluffy.  Scrape down sides and combine again. Add egg and vanilla, mix on medium until combine.
  • Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a separate mixing bowl.  On low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to butter mixture until combined.
  • Roll into tablespoon-sized balls and place on parchment lined baking sheets. (Dough will be soft.) Gently flatten with a glass.  Sprinkle with colored sugar. (Alternatively, roll in sugar before baking for sugar on both sides.)
  • Bake 11-13 minutes, or until set.  They will be light in color but the edges should be starting to turn golden. Store in cookie jar up to 3 days or freeze fully baked up to 1 month.



Roll in colored sugar for holiday charm.
Fully baked and cooled cookies freeze very well, as do unbaked balls of cookie dough.


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg