Sugar Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup shortening or butter*
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Early in the day or the day before:

In a large bowl cream the shortening and the sugar. Add the eggs, extract, and milk. In a medium bowl mix the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl. Mix it all together with your hands till it's all combined. With hands, shape dough into a ball. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets Roll 1/8 " to 1/4" thick. With floured cookie cutter, cut into shapes. Re-roll trimmings and cut.

Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on cookie sheets. Bake 8 minutes or until very light brown. With pancake turner, remove cookies to racks; cool.

To decorate you just take icing sugar and use food colouring. It's so much fun, kids love to decorate cookies!

Mom made Easter cookies this year. They were in the shape of eggs, with all kinds of squiggly, polka-dot, designs. I love Mom!

*I've found that if you want "sturdy and tasty" cookies you should use 1/2 shortening and 1/2 butter. Shortening makes cookies sturdy and butter makes them tasty.
  • Yields: About 6 dozen cookies
  • Preparation Time: This is a labor of love, so take the time!
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