This great holiday sugar cookie will be a favorite for years to come.  Make these with your children or grandchildren and let them do the decorating.  Sprinkle with colored sugar or use your imagination to create any number of toppings.  You can also make these for Halloween and frost with colored icing.  They taste wonderful.

1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup oil (I use Canola)
1 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream sugars, oil and butter until fluffy.  Beat in eggs. Add dry ingredients along with vanilla.  Mix well.  Chill dough 1 hour in refrigerator.  Form into balls with your hands and place on sprayed or lightly greased cookie sheet.  Press flat with your palm or a glass.  Sprinkle with colored sugar.  Bake 12 to 15 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.  Makes about 3 dozen depending on size of cookies. These cookies taste wonderful.  Enjoy!
Note: I have used this recipe for over 30 years.  It is a great recipe.  I used cookie cutters to make these.  The dough will be too soft to roll out with a rolling pin.  I just sprinkled the counter with flour, took a handful of dough and flattened it enough to cut out a shape with a cutter dipped in flour.  I put the dough back in the fridge between cooking times.
Recipe for frosting if you want an icing on these cookies:
2 cups confectionery sugar
1/4 cup shortening (I use Crisco)
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring of your choice
Cream sugar and shortening until smooth.  Add milk and vanilla beating about 5 minutes. Color with your choice of food colors.
If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Shortbread Cookies or Tea Cakes.
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  1. I love your recipes. I am wanting to use my new snow flake cookie cutters to make gifts for the family. Can I use royal icing on these cookies? Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I have never tried putting icing on these cookies but I see no reason why you couldn’t, Linda. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well and thank you for your nice comment. I am happy you enjoy the recipes.

  2. Brenda Thomas says:

    How long can you keep the dough refrigerated?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I don’t put it in for any longer than what it takes to make the cookies. If it gets too soft while I am cutting out cookies, I put it back for a while until it gets where I can cut out more cookies.In other words I have not tried just keeping the dough in the fridge for several days.

  3. What kind of shorting do you mean solid liquid

  4. Can you use shortening instead of the oil?

  5. Love this easy recipe! Plan on making these!

  6. What type of oil should we use.

  7. This comment is being transferred from the Facebook page:

    Kimberly Broyles Goodman: My son and Mom made these yesterday – they were so great! Thick, soft and perfect!!

  8. Deborah Miller says:

    Are these cookies crispy or soft and chewy?

  9. Wow, these sound easy enough to make. Thanks!!

  10. I have used this recipe for years, my sister in law gave it to me. Makes the best sugar cookies every time. It is also great to roll and use cookie cutters!

  11. judy helmers says:

    This is the recipe I use.
    . I have had so many compliments and people asking for this recipe. I know I cannot leave them alone when I make them!

  12. Hi. Going to have a go at these today :0) How long will these keep for please? Thankyou

  13. Oh it wouldn’t be Christmas without sugar cookies would it : )

  14. Those are so great looking, perfect for the Christmas cookie tray.

  15. Is it possible to use cookie press?????

  16. I have needed a good recipe for sugar cookies and this sounds perfect. Cant wait to try.

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