Secret Ingredient Sugar Cookies
Author: Cookie Madness
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 22 mins
Sugar cookies made with instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Secret Ingredient Sugar Cookies
  • 2 sticks (8 oz) salted butter, softened**
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix -- lemon works too
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (18 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, oil and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla and dry pudding mix. Combine the flour, cream of tartar and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart (I rolled mine into 1 1/4 inch balls) onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar or skip the sugar and the glass and just press down and add sprinkles.
  3. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks.
** If using unsalted butter, add a ¾ teaspoon of salt to the creamed mixture For a half batch, use 1 stick butter, ½ cup each – oil, sugar, powdered sugar, 1 egg, ½ tsp. vanilla, 1/3 cup pudding mix (or weigh out 1.7 oz), 2 cups flour, ½ each cream of tartar and baking soda.
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