Cookbook:Soft Sugar Cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies
A plate of sugar cookies
Category Cookie recipes
Servings 12-18 cookies
Time 20 minutes

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Cuisine of Ontario | Cookies

This recipe for sugar cookies has been running with the Gilbert women of Ontario, Canada for more than 100 years. No one knows where the recipe started, but it's been that way as long as any can recall with no real change.



  1. In a large bowl beat eggs lightly to break the yolks as one would for scrambled eggs, then mix in the shortening. Soften the butter before hand if you must by heating it a little.
  2. The shortening/egg mixture should be loose, add the sugar, mix well then add the salt to the liquid mixture.
  3. Add the baking powder then slowly add the flour as needed to reach a proper doughy state (in essence, able to be shaped without sticking to one's hands too much), you may not need all of the flour, or may even need a little more based on your eggs and how closely you measured.
  4. Make balls and place onto a pan then into an oven heated to 175°C (350°F) and let bake for between 15-20 minutes.

Notes, tips, and variationsEdit

  • Feel free to switch out half the sugar with another sweet item, like honey.
  • Using three tablespoons of cocoa powder one can get a slight chocolate flavour to the cookie, without being overtly chocolatey.
  • Try adding chocolate chips to it.
  • Approximately 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract works well for this recipe
  • Adding some cinnamon and nutmeg gives a good flavor
  • When heating up the butter, make sure that it's only barely solid when it's mixed into the eggs