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For-My-Love Sugar Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.


about 5-1/2 dozen

Cut the dough for these crisp cookies into heart shapes...or form into letters to spell out sweet nothings to your sweetie. "These are our favorite sugar cookies," writes Marilyn Wheeler of Ellijay, Georgia. "They're one of the homemade treats I love to bake for friends and neighbors."
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  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • Colored sugar, optional


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extract. Gradually add flour and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with lightly floured 2-in. cookie cutters. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.
  3. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Editor's Note
As a substitute for each cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 117 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 135mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • s_pants
    May 10, 2011

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  • NovaNicole
    Feb 4, 2011

    First time I made these they were great. The next time I made them I added Andes mints pieces. Excellent!!!

  • dadrastewart
    Dec 21, 2009

    I have made this cookie many times over the last eight years and use frosting to ice and decorate using my imagination. Would recommend to any one who loves to bake. Make lots of it and freeze, defrost and your ready to be creative.