Angel Cookies

Use any shape cookie cutter; just be aware that your choice may effect the yield.


Makes about 3 dozen

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 45 Minutes
Chill: 8 Hours
Bake: 8 Minutes


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

Beat butter, shortening, and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Stir in lemon rind, if desired, and vanilla extract.

Add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating until blended. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 3-inch angel cookie cutter. Place on lightly greased baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 8 minutes or just until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Decorate as desired with Buttercream Frosting.

*1 can of ready-to-spread cream cheese frosting may be substituted.

Art Tatman, Blue Ridge, Virginia,

Southern Living

December 2005