I make these for my husband every year and then put a decorator icing on top of it that I found in an old cookbook that he loves. The recipe for that is so easy I have it memorized by now. It's just 3 1/2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar, 3 egg whites (use pasteurized egg whites if you are worried about safety) and 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar. Mix together till smooth with an electric mixer and then divide into different bowls, color and paint cookies.
I know, I'm odd, but I love to paint sugar cookies for my husband every year. It gives me an opportunity to paint, for one, but also allows me to take some time to show him how much I love him in a small way.
So, here you go. One recipe for "Good Sugar Cookies" :).
- 4 Cups all purpose flour, sifted
- 2 1/2 tsp. double acting baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 4 tsp. milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift flour with baking powder and salt.
3. In the bowl of your stand mixer mix shortening with sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.
4. Mix in flour in 1/3 increments, alternating each installment with milk (I usually end up with about double this to make a stiff, but workable, dough, but start out with four teaspoons and see where it gets you).
5. Refrigerate until easy to handle, about an hour (honestly, I skip this step).
6. Roll out dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness (I do this with about 1/4 of the dough at a time to avoid over rolling of the dough, if you over roll the dough it'll get tough). Cut into shapes of your choice.
8. Remove to towels or cooling racks to cool and then decorate with frosting of choice.