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Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream

A delicious sugar cookie recipe and frosting that you'll use time and time again.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 21 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 297 kcal
Author Yvonne


  • 2/3 c. shortening
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tsp. milk
  • 2 c. sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Buttercream Vanilla Frosting

  • 1/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 c. powdered sugar sift if lumpy
  • 1/4 c. milk or less


Sugar Cookies

  1. Thoroughly cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla.

  2. Add egg; beat till light and fluffy. Stir in milk.

  3. Sift together dry ingredients; blend into creamed mixture.

  4. Divide dough in half. Chill 1 hour. 

  5. On lightly floured surface, roll to 1/8 inch thickness.* Cut desired shapes with cutters.

  6. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 F about 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly, remove from pan. Makes 2 dozen. *Chill other half till ready to use.


  1. Combine butter or margarine, salt, vanilla, and 1 c. of sugar. Add milk and remaining sugar. Add more sugar to thicken or milk to thin, if needed for spreading consistency.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from My friend, Beth

Nutrition Facts
Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 67mg3%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.