Sugar Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Cream sugar, shortening and butter. Add eggs, vanilla, and milk. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix well. Shape dough into a ball and refrigerate at least an hour.
  2. Roll out dough on floured wax paper, in two or three batches. Stack up the rolled out dough on top of a cookie sheet and refrigerate another hour or so.
  3. One batch at a time, remove the dough from the refrigerator and cut with cookie cutter. Working quickly so dough is still cool, combine scraps and roll out again to cut out more cookies.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees on lightly greased cookie sheet, or sheet lined with nonstick aluminum foil, about 8 minutes or until golden. Cool cookies on racks.

I like to ice these with a thick glaze of confectioner’s sugar, milk and vanilla that I paint on with a pastry brush. Then sprinkle with colored sugar.

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