Grandma Lucy’s Sugar Cookies for Christmas

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min.
  • Total Time: 45 min.
  • Yield: 6 dozen medium cookies 1x


Grandma Lucy’s secret recipe for soft & chewy Christmas sugar cookies that are sweet and keep their shape very well. Perfect for decorating with the kids!



  • 1 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 78 cups of all-purpose flour +1 more for rolling
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  1. Cream shortening and sugar together in a medium bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add your eggs and mix to combine. Add the vanilla and mix again.
  3. Add 3 cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the bowl and mix well to combine.
  4. Mix the milk and vinegar together and add it to the cookie dough mixture. Mix well to combine.
  5. Add the remaining 4 cups of flour and stir until well combined. The dough should be tacky but not gloopy. If you pick it up in your fingers it shouldn’t stick to them though it’s a very soft dough. Add up to 1 cup additional flour as needed.
  6. Working with ¼ of the dough at a time, roll it out on a well floured surface to ¼ to ½ inch thick. Be generous with your flour on the rolling surface since the dough is very tender, it will stick easily.
  7. Use cookie cutters to make shapes and transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes.
  9. Repeat with remaining dough, gathering and re-rolling the scrap dough as you go along.
  10. Decorate cooled cookies with icing and sprinkles, the messier the better.


  • Grandma’s Notes: If you want to make the dough and let it sit in the fridge a few hours or overnight until you are ready to bake them, that works great.
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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