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Sugar Cookies in 15 Minutes

Updated on June 21, 2012

Sugar Cookies

3.3 stars from 4 ratings of Sugar Cookies

Fast and Frugal and Probably in your Pantry Right Now

Who doesn't love fresh baked cookies? But for most recipes it required a trip to the store for something: chocolate chips, nuts, candy bits, etc. I can almost guarantee you have all of these ingredients in your pantry right now. Not only that, but whipping up a batch of these sugar cookies will end up only costing you 50 to 60 cents.

It takes me about 15 minutes from start to finish to get these cookies on a plate and ready for the hungry masses. Great for so many occasions, such as when the kids get home from school with a good report or company drops by unexpectedly, why not make a batch today?


  • 1/2 cup soft margarine or shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 cups flour

Baking Instructions

  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a medium sized bowl cream together the margarine or shortening and sugar. Beat it until it is smooth and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg, milk and vanilla, mixing well.
  4. Stir in the salt, baking powder and flour. Blend it all up until it makes a nice smooth dough.
  5. Drop the mixture by small spoonfuls onto an oiled cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 375° for about 8 to 10 minutes.

Tips and Tweaks

I prefer to use shortening in my cookies. I think it makes for a chewier cookie, as butter makes them crisper. I also leave out the almond flavoring, just not my family's thing.

I love my Silpat Baking Liners.  Cookies never stick and brown so nicely on them.  I also used a Tablespoon sized scoop to make all my cookies the same.  With that, one batch made 2 1/2 dozens of cookies.

You can "fancy" these sugar cookies up in quite a few ways. You could add food coloring to the batter. Rolling them in plain or colored sugars before baking give them a pretty appearance. Any type of sprinkle for any occasion can be put on top before baking to personalize them.

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      Frangipanni 5 years ago

      Great. I'll keep this recipe in my cupboard for the school luchboxes. Thanks for sharing

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      celiag16 8 years ago from Denver

      This looks yummy! I'm always looking for a sweet recipe to make quickly from ingredients I already have. Thanks!