With Valentine's Day approaching, many of you are bound to making sugar cookies. Although there are many recipes out there, this one is the BEST! These cookies are SOFT, just the right thickness and get rave reviews everywhere we go! Kandi has this one mastered! Give it a try and let us know what you think!
(picture taken after decorating our Christmas cookies)
Cookie Jar Sugar Cookies
(Yields approx. 2 doz)
2/3 cup shortening
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp milk
2 cups four
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Cream shortening, sugar and vanilla. Add egg--beat until creamy. Add milk and beat again until fluffy. Add all dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Divide dough in half; chill 1 hour (or more)
Roll dough and cut out cookies. Note: The key to a great sugar cookie is not rolling the dough too thin...about 3/4 inch. To easily cut them out, lay a piece of saran wrap on the cupboard, place ball of dough on wrap and cover with an additional piece of saran wrap. Roll out dough. Remove top layer of wrap, use cookie cutter to cut out shape and then pick up the bottom layer of wrap to help get the shape out. This keeps the dough from getting too sticky in your hands.
Bake on a greased cookie sheet (or I prefer parchment paper) at 375 for 6-8 minutes. You will know if they are done when the very edge is the SLIGHTEST light brown. Do not overcook! That is the other biggie in making it the perfect cookie. Cool slightly. Remove from pan. Cool on cooling rack, frost (with HOMEMADE frosting) and decorate.
4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cube softened margarine
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
Add little bits of milk or canned milk. Whip or stir.