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Grandma`s Soft White Cookies


A little less sweet than a typical sugar cookie

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Rate this recipe 4.6/5 (30 Votes)


  • 1 c. shortening
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 5 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder


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Step 1

In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar; add eggs and vanilla.
In a small bowl, combine buttermilk and baking soda. Stir in half the buttermilk mixture.
Combine flour, nutmeg, salt and baking powder.
Stir in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk mixture. Dough will be tender.
With a rolling pin, roll dough to 1/2-inch thick, using generous amounts of flour. Cut out cookies with a round cookie cutter.
Bake on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes (I baked mine 12 minutes and they were super soft) at 350 degrees. Do Not Overbake. The cookies should be soft. Cool completely and spread with pink icing.

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