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Soft Sugar Cookies

This recipe is part of the Baker's Dozen Smart Snacks resource...

Step-by-Step Instructions

Preheat conventional oven to 375° F or convection oven to 350° F.

Line pans with parchment paper OR leave baking sheets ungreased.

In mixing bowl, beat margarine and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Beat in egg and vanilla, scraping sides of bowl occasionally, until blended.

In a separate bowl, whisk flours, baking powder, and salt to blend thoroughly.

Combine dry ingredients with wet mixture just until blended (Do not over beat).

Scoop and shape 1½ Tablespoons of dough into balls. Space 3” apart on ungreased baking sheets. Gently press into 2 ½-inch circles.

For heart-shaped cookies: pinch bottom of circle to form point of heart; gently indent dough in center on top of circle to finish the heart shape.

Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly golden.

Cool baking sheet 2 minutes on wire cooling rack. Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool completely.  

Optional decoration:

Mix powdered sugar with pink lemonade (could also use hot water, coffee, milk, or maple syrup) and tint with food coloring, if desired.

Once cool, drizzle across cookies and let set before serving.


Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Total Time: 30 Minutes

Servings: 24 cookies

1 cup Spread margarine, 60% vegetable oil

1 cup Sugar, granulated

2 cups Flour, whole wheat**

2/3 cup Flour, enriched, allpurpose, unbleached

1 1/2 tsp Baking powder

1/4 tsp Table salt

Optional: Sugar, powdered Lemonade, prepared, pink Food Coloring of choice

Recipe provided by Country Crock, a member of
the Home Baking Association