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Ma Ma's Sugar Cookies


"This is a very easy recipe that I have used for years. My kids love to help and my five year old can do it all. Great way to get kids to cook."
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15 m servings 230 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 dozen)


  • Calories:
  • 230 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 10 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 32.2g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium:
  • 276 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. stir in the self-rising flour to form a dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  1. 45 Ratings

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I can't imagine how large a cookie the original poster was making because I've made a dozen tablespoon sized balls of dough and still have tons of dough left! I tried one and it's fantastic. I...

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Eh, just ok. I found it pretty much impossible to roll this dough out. I tried adding more flour, I tried chilling it in the fridge first... nothing worked. Just sticky and unforgiving. The cook...

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I can't imagine how large a cookie the original poster was making because I've made a dozen tablespoon sized balls of dough and still have tons of dough left! I tried one and it's fantastic. I...

I was actually using this as a crust for French Silk Pie. However, it makes plenty for that *AND* cookies. My roommate tried them and ssaid, "Forget the pie, lets make cookies!" I also used A...

Very delicious. I iced these with butter cream, and sprinkled them with colored sugar. My husband loved these even more than our daughter...who has an insatiable sweet tooth. I didn't have bu...

This recipe was wonderful! I did make a couple of changes.. I used 1/2 white sugar & 1/2 cup of BROWN sugar, for a little taste kick.. & I added 1 extra tsp vanilla. The cookies turned out grea...

This is an excellent recipe! My three-year-old son helped and loved every second of it! We followed the instructions exactly as written, except instead of rolling the dough out, I took out por...

I made these and rolled them into balls and pressed them with a sugared glass bottom instead of rolling out. They are simple and delicious!! thanks for the recipe.

I have long been daunted by cut-out cookie making. Early in my motherhood I tried them and I was awful!! I have been scared to try since. Today I made these and they are beautiful!! I halved...

I think i would give this recipe more like 3 1/2 stars. I used butter instead of shortening, because I am a skeptic and thought butter would taste better. Maybe that's where I went wrong. Anyway...

I sent this recipe to a friend of mine not only was were they fast they were soft and sooo good.