Decorative Sugar Cookies

Prep Time:
1 hr
Cook Time:
10 min
Total Time:
1 hr 40 min
3 dozen 2 to 3-inch cut out cookies


  • 4 1/2 cups White Lily® Enriched Bleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Frosting and cookie decorations of choice
  • Royal Icing
  • Shiny Sugar Cookie Frosting
  • Buttercream Frosting


  1. WHISK together flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and shortening in large mixing bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar. Beat until light and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
  2. BEAT in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as possible with mixer. Stir in any remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Divide dough in half. Spoon each half onto plastic wrap. Shape into disks and wrap tightly. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight until dough is easy to handle.
  3. HEAT oven to 375º F. Using one disk at a time, place dough on floured surface and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out cookies with floured cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugars, if desired.
  4. BAKE 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are slightly golden. Remove immediately to cooling rack. Cool completely. Frost with Royal Icing, Shiny Sugar Cookie Frosting or Butter Cream Frosting, if desired.


Serving Size (1 cookie), Calories 190 (Calories from Fat 70), Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 3.5g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 95mg, Total Carbohydrate 27g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 15g), Protein 2g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 4%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Baking Tip

To prevent cookies from browning too quickly on the bottom, place an empty baking sheet in the oven under the sheet with cookies.

Baking Tip

Do not store soft and crisp cookies in the same container, or the crisp cookies will soften.