Shiela's Sugar Cookies Recipe -
Shiela's Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Shiela's Sugar Cookies

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"The best sugar cookie I have ever had. The frosting recipe is included. If you prefer, use vanilla extract in place of the lemon juice. "

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the 1 cup margarine, shortening, white sugar and 1 cup confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. 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 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.
  4. To make frosting, combine the 3 cups confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup margarine and 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice in a medium bowl. Mix until smooth, adding milk 1 tablespoon at a time until frosting has reached its desired consistency.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 13, 2004

very good, even a few days later and I loved the touch of lemon.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 26, 2006

Too floury, not very lemony.


16 Ratings

May 08, 2008

This cookie is sooo good, the first time I made this, I made it with 2 other recipes from here and EVERYONE chose this one as the best one. I have been making it ever since and get great reviews from it. It works great in a cookie bouquet, I have even had someone tell me that these were better than the Cookie by design cookies ( I think so too). I haven't tried the frosting recipe though because I already have a special frosting I use but these cookies are to die for. One thing to keep in mind when making these cookies is using the right amount of flour. If you use your flour after you have fluffed it up then it won't be enough, but if you pack it in the cup it will be too much, put just enough into your measuring cup. Thank You so much for these fantastic cookies!!

Feb 13, 2004

This recipe is so yummy! All of my friends have asked for it! I love the hint of lemon, and even added a bit more in the icing for extra flavour. These didn't last long in our house!

Dec 02, 2013

This is absolutely the best sugar cookie recipe I had ever made! I did make a few changes in the recipe. I used real butter and used 3 sticks and only 1/4 cup of shortening. Over the time I have tested cookie recipes I have discovered when you have baking powder in recipe change it to cream of tarter. I am telling you this makes the cookies. Also, if you soften your butter on the counter verses in microwave your cookies are much softer and fluffier! I also used vanilla verses lemon. Will try lemon next time.. I love love love this cookie recipe!!!

Dec 01, 2010

This is the only sugar cookie recipe i use. I decorate to order and these keep my customers coming back for more. Tender cookie that is not too sweet. I add lemon zest for a "fresher" taste.

Jan 12, 2009

I chose this recipe for 2 reasons. 1) the use of both shortening and butter along with both white and confectioners sugar was intriguing. 2) the name of the recipe was my name too! I REALLY liked these sugar cookies. I made them with vanilla instead of lemon juice because I wasn't looking for a lemon flavor for Christmas cookies. They were very yummy, even without icing. Or should I say, especially without icing. I found them to be a dense cookie instead of what folks might call light, which I really liked. They had a good crunch and wonderful flavor. When baked, they held the cookie shape very well. I made the dough early to fit my schedule and put it in the fridge for several hours only because I wasn't ready to cut and cook when I prepared the dough. I found that it took warming the dough by simply playing with it a little bit before I could easily roll it for cutting. I will make these again and again and for no special occasion. Although Santa will be getting them from now on!! I look forward to trying the lemon juice.

Jun 11, 2012

I would give this recipe like a 4.8 if I could, if only because I was hoping the lemon flavor would be more prevalent. That said, I took these to a family party over the weekend and had multiple people say they love them and ask for the recipe. Next time I make them (and there will be a next time!), I'm either going to add a little lemon extract or more lemon juice and just aim for the right dough consistency when adding the flour. Great recipe, though!


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  • Calories
  • 182 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.6 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 9.3 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 133 mg
  • 5%

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

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