Aunt Zula’s Christmas Cutouts

This a fantastic old-fashioned sugar cookie recipe that is not as sweet as others that I have used. They complement a powdered sugar icing without being overly sweet. My favorite, and EASY!

Original recipe makes 2 dozen


1 cup shortening
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Cream sugar and shortening together. Add eggs and dry ingredients. Add the milk last.
  3. No need to chill this dough, simply roll out to 1/4 inch thickness, cut out and bake 10-12 minutes.


Calories: 309 kcal
Carbohydrates: 32.4 g
Cholesterol: 35 mg
Fat: 18.3 g
Fiber: 0.8 g
Protein: 4.1 g
Sodium: 232 mg