Soft Sugar Cookies
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
  • ⅓ cup shortening
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 and ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Frosting & sprinkles for decorating
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream together shortening, butter and sugar in a standalone mixer or bowl with electric beaters.
  3. Add vanilla and egg and continue mixing on low for 1 minute.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together salt, baking powder and flour.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture while continuing to mix on low until everything is well blended.
  6. Use a cookie scooper or teaspoon to scoop out round balls of dough and drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes - use your finger to check if they are done by pressing lightly on a cookie, it should be a little firm when done.
  8. Cool completely before frosting and decorating.
  9. Keep at room temperature or chill in the refrigerator for a few days.
Makes 24 cookies
    Recipe by My San Francisco Kitchen at