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December 21, 2012

Greek Yogurt Cut Out Sugar Cookies

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How to make Greek Yogurt Cut Out Sugar Cookies.

We couldn’t finish off this week without a sugar cookie recipe, right?


How to make Greek Yogurt Cut Out Sugar Cookies.I won’t lie to y’all. I’m a big sugar cookie fan… but I’ve tried so many recipes that were simply too sweet for me. (Strange, I know, especially since I love all kinds of sweets!)

This recipe strikes the perfect balance: a fluffy, slightly crunchy and slightly tart cookie, topped with glorious  simple powdered sugar icing.

This recipe is adapted from one my mother gave me entitled ‘Sour Cream Cut Outs.’ Unfortunately, I don’t keep sour cream around the house, and while looking at recipes for this week, I thought it might be fun to substitute in some Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream, as I already had some at my home.

These sugar cookies are a crowd pleaser, and they are perfect for all kinds of holiday get-togethers. And if I see you at one, there’s a good chance I’ve brought some of these to share the holiday cheer.

Greek Yogurt Cut Out Sugar Cookies // The Speckled Palate
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Greek Yogurt Cut Out Sugar Cookies

These slightly sweet, slightly tart Greek Yogurt Cut Out Sugar Cookies are the perfect sugar cookie for making with the family during the holiday season! The dough, which is made creamier with Greek yogurt, comes together quickly before chilling in the fridge. Roll out and cut into fun, holiday shapes before baking and decorating with simple powdered sugar icing. These cookies are sure to be a hit this season!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 18 minutes
Servings 3 dozen cookies
Author Erin Parker Skinner, The Speckled Palate


  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (non-fat OK)
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Make the Dough

  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, applesauce, sugar, egg and vanilla extract together until incorporated and lightened slightly. Then add the Greek yogurt and mix until combined.
  2. In another bowl, sift together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Slowly, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until all have been incorporated.
  4. Chill the dough for at least an hour.

Bake the Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. On a heavily-floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1/4" thickness and create the cookies using cookie cutters.
  3. Place the cookies on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and bake for 8 minutes or until cookies have risen slightly and browned on top.
  4. Allow to cool completely, then ice with powdered sugar icing.

Recipe Notes

Makes 3 dozen cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutters.


How to make Greek Yogurt Cut Out Sugar Cookies.

Do you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe? And do you like to bake it around this time of year?


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  3. Sarah

    Hi! Would it be possible to use butter in these, or is the vegetable shortening key to consistency?

    • Erin

      Butter TOTALLY works as a substitute here, Sarah, and I’ve been using solely butter for the last few years. (This recipe is ooooold and adapted from my Tea Cake Cookies, which originally called for shortening.) Let me know what you think of these! They’re some of our favorites for the holidays!

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