My kids love to help make sugar cookies. This recipe is one my mom used to use all the time. This recipe makes a great cookie, slightly crisp but tender too. We don’t usually frost ours but the kids love to add different sprinkles to the top of the cookies for decoration, so I keep a good assortment of sprinkles on hand.
This recipe can be rolled out and then cut with cookie cutters. But when I am making a bunch of different cookies and candy at Christmas I like to roll the dough into logs and then using a string cut them into round cookies. This process saves time and then we can add some frosting to them to fancy them up a bit.
When baking the cookies, just bake them until they are set. You don’t want them to brown as they will become too brittle and break more easily. You don’t want them breaking as you are trying to frost them. Although that will give you a good amount of samples to eat. I can remember helping my mom decorate the sugar cookies each year for christmas plates. I also seemed to have to break one or two so I could eat them. 🙂
If I am making sugar cookies for us to eat, we will use sprinkles to decorate them. My kids really like to use an assortment of sprinkles on each cookie. My son would like to cover each cookie with sprinkles if we would let him.
- ¼ cup Shortening
- ½ cup Butter or Margarine
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or lemon
- 2½ cups Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Mix together in a bowl with a mixer the shortening, butter, sugar, eggs and flavoring.
- In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture.
- Chill dough at least 1 hour.
- Once chilled roll the dough out to ⅛ inch thick on a floured board.
- Cut with cookie cutters and place on an un-greased cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes. Just bake until the cookies are set and slightly brown on the bottom side.
- Cool on a wire rack.
Do you prefer your sugar cookies frosted, with sprinkles or plain?
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