Children are Just Like Sugar Cookies & Snow Flakes – Each One Unigue

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day!  This Sugar Cookie recipe is absolutely the best one I’ve ever tasted.  It came from my Mother-in-Law’s 50 year old Good Housekeeping Cookbook.  The way I make is with frosting and sprinkles.  Yum! 

Sugar Cookies are always the star at Christmas Eve Get Togethers!

 

What you’ll need:  

 

2¼ cups flour

¼ tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

½ cup shortening (Mom uses white Crisco)

2 eggs, beaten

1 T. milk

1 cup sugar

½ tsp vanilla

Rolling pin

Cookie cutters in various shapes

Little hands to frost and sprinkle

 

How Mom makes it:

 

Heat oven to 375º

 

Combine in a large bowl shortening and sugar and beat at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat just until blended. 

 

In a separate bowl sift together flour, salt, and baking soda.  Slowly add the flour mixture into the creamed mixture.  Then finally add the milk into the mixture.  Mix just until blended.

 

Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters or you can use a glass to cut out circles.  Add frosting when cooled.

 

Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned

 

Variations:

1.   Sprinkle with sugar before baking. 

2.   Use brown sugar instead of white.

3.   Sprinkle cookies with caraway seeds before baking.

4.   Add 2 oz. melted chocolate to creamed mixture.

5.   Use lemon extract instead of vanilla extract.

6.   Make into spice cookies by adding ¼ tsp each of cinnamon, allspice, and cloves.

  

Mom’s Sugar Cookie Frosting

Verbatim from Mom. 
 
What you’ll need: 
2 cups powdered sugar
1 T. butter
Dab of milk  
 
How Mom makes it: In a bowl add a cup or 2 of powdered sugar, a couple dabs of butter, and a bit of milk at a time just until you get the right consistency for spreading over the cookies.  Add food coloring of your choice for a festive look. 
 
Makes enough to ice about 2½ dozen cookies    
 

Baking Day at Grandma's House (Pictured Chloe Bowles)

                        

 
 
 
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