Shortcut Sugar Cookies

If you love sugar cookies but hate the process and the mess, you have to try this easy, fool-proof recipe for Shortcut Sugar Cookies!

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If you love sugar cookies but hate the process and the mess, you have to try this easy, fool-proof recipe for Shortcut Sugar Cookies!

Anytime my kids want to make sugar cookies, this is my go-to. There’s no rolling out dough. You don’t have to worry about the cookies losing their shape while baking. And you can check out my video below for a few of my favorite, fool-proof decorating tips!

Ingredients for Shortcut Sugar Cookies

  • butter
  • vegetable oil
  • sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • eggs
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • cream of tartar

If you love sugar cookies but hate the process and the mess, you have to try this easy, fool-proof recipe for Shortcut Sugar Cookies!

How to Make Shortcut Sugar Cookies

1. Make the dough.

Or buy it! I used my favorite Amish Sugar Cookie recipe for these, but you could even use a roll of store-bought dough. Just know that my recipe makes two 9×13 jelly-roll pans, and a store-bought roll of dough is only enough for one pan.

If you love sugar cookies but hate the process and the mess, you have to try this easy, fool-proof recipe for Shortcut Sugar Cookies!

 

2. Bake and cut out.

Here’s where it gets awesome. Instead of cutting out the dough and praying it holds shape in the oven– just cut out the shapes AFTER the cookies are already baked! You’ll have some scraps left over. But don’t worry, I’ll show you how to use them on a Christmas Cookie plate later this week ????.

If you love sugar cookies but hate the process and the mess, you have to try this easy, fool-proof recipe for Shortcut Sugar Cookies!

 

3. Frost & decorate!

We like doing snowman heads and Christmas trees the best. Remember– check out the video in this post to see some of my easy decorating tricks! You can use royal icing if you’d like, but we prefer buttercream (or even store-bought frosting).

If you love sugar cookies but hate the process and the mess, you have to try this easy, fool-proof recipe for Shortcut Sugar Cookies!

Shortcut Sugar Cookies

If you love sugar cookies but hate the process and the mess, you have to try this easy, fool-proof recipe for Shortcut Sugar Cookies!

Ingredients:

Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar

Vanilla Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

Directions:

For the Cookies

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, oil, and sugars until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in the eggs and vanilla.
  3. Mix in the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
  4. Line two 9x13 jelly-roll pans with foil. Lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Divide the dough between the two pans and press into an even layer.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are barely golden brown and the center looks set.
  6. Let cool completely. Cut into shapes.
  7. Frost with buttercream and decorate. Buttercream recipe below.

Buttercream

    1. In a stand mixer, whisk together the butter and the shortening, scraping down the sides as needed, until smooth and blended.
    2. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk, whisk until smooth.
    3. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp vanilla, whisk until smooth.
    4. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk, whisk until smooth.
    5. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk, whisk until smooth.
Be sure to scrape down the sides as needed when mixing!

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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.