Old Time Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Old Time Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Old Time Soft Sugar Cookies

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"Delicious and easy drop sugar cookie!"

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Cream together the shortening and the sugar. Stir in the egg, buttermilk and vanilla.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and stir to combine. Chill dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Drop mixture by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. If desired sprinkle tops of cookies with white sugar before baking.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  4. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 7 to 9 minutes or until set.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 16, 2006

Very good! I used real butter and added 1/4 tsp Cream of tarter. They are very cake like! Make sure to put a good amount of sugar on the top before baking to give it a cracked top. These are just like the amish bakery we used to have in the area!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 08, 2003

These cookies taste more like little cakes than cookies. The flavor is good, but they did not taste like a sugar cookie. Whenever I asked people if they wanted a cookie, they said, "Oh! I thought those were biscuits" because of their large fluffiness.


81 Ratings

Dec 19, 2002

This is the BEST! The bakery in my local grocery store used to make a cookie like this but they don't make it anymore and I could never find the right recipe until now. Now I can make my own. I just love them.

Sep 08, 2003

These cookies puff up almost like little cakes. They are soft and fluffy and very good. I used butter flavored Crisco and sprinkled the tops with crystal sugar before baking.

Dec 06, 2005

Perfect! I was looking for a soft, cake-like sugar cookie for the kids (like you find at the "supercenter") and these were perfect! I iced them and gave them sprinkles to decorate with. I did sub half of the shortening for butter to add richness. Thanks for the recipe! AWESOME! :D

Jan 29, 2008

We love this quick and easy soft, sweet cookie recipe. Yes they are like little cakes and that makes them wonderful!! You can add different flavors and spices. Try substituting yogurt for the buttermilk. Vanilla yogurt is my favorite but other flavored ones work too. Add some espresso powder (dissolved in a little water) and cocoa in the mix with a thin chocolate glaze for a yummy mocha treat.

Aug 13, 2004

I was out of every kind of milk except sweetened condensed milk, so I added half that/half water for the buttermilk. They had a great flavor and didn't seem to affect the recipe negatively at all. I lowered the temp and baked for about 9 minutes--they were perfect. Thanks!

Sep 08, 2002

These cookies are light and fluffy,and hard to keep in the cookie jar. They seem to keep soft even after a couple of days. This cookie is a must for cookie fans.


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  • Calories
  • 114 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.7 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 4.6 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 86 mg
  • 3%

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

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