Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sugar Cookies

If you eat just one- you are a better woman than me! (not that it’s hard)
  • 4 to 4 ½ Cups flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¾ Cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
Mix shortening and sugar til fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until smooth. Gradually mix in the rest of the ingredients. The flour depends on the day.. It should pull away from sides of bowl, soft enough to handle but not too dry. Roll to desired thickness ( I like em thick!) Cut and place on baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.. They should just start to crack on the surface. Let rest on pan for a few minutes before moving to cooling rack.

This is where it gets fun!
  • Mix a cube of softened butter (no changies!!!) with a ¼ cup warm milk. 
  • Add ¾ of a bag of powdered sugar. (2 lb standard size). 
  • A dash of salt. 
  • Then use your imagination! A teaspoon of extract in any flavor! 
  • We used peppermint… I love orange, almond, vanilla, lemon.
The lady that took care of me growing up always used this recipe. Not a holiday ( or snow day) goes by without some version of these cookies appearing!

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