Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cookie cutters and Sugar Cookie recipe

It's fun to sort through old cookie cutters.






What's that jumbled mess in a bag?
The number's 0-9 cookie cutters.

At our house, we usually only make roll-out sugar cookies once a year.
It just doesn't feel like Christmas without the cookies made from my mom's recipe.

I don't do much Christmas baking other than these, but these are a "must have".

Sugar Cookies

Cream together in large bowl:
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter shortening OR 1/2 cup margarine & 1/2 cup regular shortening
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

In another bowl, stir together:
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. salt

Add flour mixture to creamed mixture. Mix well.
Chill several hours till firm.

Roll out small portions of dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8" thickness.
Cut with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 - 10 minutes in a 375 degree oven.
Cool, then ice.

Icing

Stir together with a spoon until smooth:
2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla

If desired, stir in a few drops of food coloring.

If you don't want to ice them, before baking, you can add some sprinkles or colored sugar.
Sometimes we do a few that way, but for the most part, we ice them.
I divide the icing between 2 bowls, and color one red, and one green.
It's Christmas after all!

When Jessica and Kevin were little, they always had a cold at Christmas. We would give them each a little bowl of icing and a few cookies. They did their own, and George and I wouldn't get their colds!



We have lots of pictures through the years of us icing the cookies, but this is the only one I have on my computer. This was the last Christmas we had with dad. He died in his sleep just a couple short weeks later. But we have great, great memories of that last Christmas. The laughter we shared later that evening when we were playing a card game will live on forever!!!

In the picture (starting at left) is friend Bonnie, my dad, son-in-law Brian, Jessica and George.
There's some deep concentration going on there!

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