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Sugar Cookies

When all of you were young, I would triple this recipe so you would all have enough. This recipe came from your great-grandmother, Reta Herrman. When Grandpa and I were living in Fort Collins, CO while he was in Veterinary College, we would go to Sheridan, WY for Christmas. She would have these cookies made for Debbie and Susan. What a treat!!!


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together.
  2. Add shortening and mix until crumbly.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Chill for a couple of hours.
  5. Roll dough with a rolling pin and use cutters to make different shapes.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned.
  7. Frost and decorate with sprinkles.