Classic Soft Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies
 
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Everyone needs a good sugar cookie recipe for holiday, birthday, and school parties. This is our favorite dairy-free and nut-free version.
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Serves: about 24 cookies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease a large cookie sheet.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the shortening or margarine and sugar with a hand mixer on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined, about 1 minute.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well until just combined.
  6. Slowly add the milk beverage until the dough reaches the desired consistency. The dough is very stiff, so the mixer might need to be set on high towards the end of mixing.
  7. The finished dough is stiff and slightly sticky. This will not affect drop cookies. If you are rolling and cutting the cookies, the flour you use to dust the rolling pin and rolling surface will help the cookies not stick. This is a soft sugar cookie recipe, not a crunchy one.
For Drop Cookies
  1. Scoop the dough with a 1½-inch cookie scoop, and place the cookies about 2 inches apart on your prepared cookie sheet.
  2. For rounded cookies, leave the dough as is.
  3. For flatter circle cookies, gently press the tops of the cookies with the bottom of a greased drinking glass.
  4. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the tops look dry and the bottoms are lightly browned. The cookies will stay pale on the top.
For Roll and Cut Cookies
  1. Flour a cutting board or other flat surface, and roll the dough out to roughly ¼-inch thickness with a floured rolling pin.
  2. Cut the dough using your favorite cookie cutters, and place the cookies about 2 inches apart on your prepared cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the tops look dry and the bottoms are lightly browned. The cookies will stay pale on the top.
For All Cookies
  1. Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet for 1 minute before carefully removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. Once completely cool, you can frost them, if desired.
  3. Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-sugar-cookies