Valentine Fairy Cookies

Nancy Lippisch's recipe for fairy cookies is a family treasure. This Ninja Baker is grateful for Nancy's permission to reprint her recipe here.


Fairy Cookie Mix:

  • 2 1/3 cups Crisco (vegetable shortening)
  • 5 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Fairy Cookies:

  • 2 cups fairy cookie mix
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla                                           

Fairy Cookie Topping Options:

  • Sugar, Cinnamon, Frosting

To make fairy cookie mix:

Cut Crisco into the flour and salt until the mixture is crumbly and resembles a bowl of sweet peas. Store in a sealed container until ready to use.

To bake the cookies:

  1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine 2 cups fairy cookie mix with sugar and baking soda. Add the egg and teaspoon of vanilla. Blend well.
  3. Shape into small balls.
  4. Roll in a mixture of colored sanding sugar OR equal parts sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Flatten with a glass bottom. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes at 375 degrees.
  7. When cooled, pipe pink frosting hearts onto the cookies if desired.

Note: The dough is sticky. Plastic gloves come in handy.