Thursday, December 15, 2011

Day 15: Frosted Sugar Cookies

It turns out that the thing that most puts me in the Christmas spirit is baking. Throughout the years, I've always made a selection of cookies, candies, pies, and breads during the holidays (Thanksgiving to New Year's Day). These cookies are one of my favorites.

If you've ever had the sugar cookies sold in bakeries or convenience stores that are really soft and covered with plenty of frosting and maybe some sprinkles, you'll know what these are like. The dough itself isn't overly sweet, so the addition of frosting doesn't make the teeth ache.

Soft White Sugar Cookies
2 eggs, beat well
1 C. shortening
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
4 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 400ยบ F and lightly grease cookie sheets. In a large bowl, combine eggs and shortening; beat until fluffy. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly - it will form a ball. Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1/4" thickness. Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut out the cookies and place on prepared pans. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Place on a rack to cool completely. Decorate with your favorite icing or frosting, and whatever candies or sprinkles make you happy. Make approx 4 dozen.

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