November 09, 2018
"You don't have to be a four-star chef to eat like a gourmet"
I can't wait to start baking Christmas cookies with them. The idea of a kitchen filled with kids, the aroma of cookies baking, and tons of frosting and tiny cookie topping decorations and just spells...well a mess for one thing. It's worth it though. As I dream back to the days of when I did this as a kid, I'll share with you a great SUGAR CUTOUT COOKIES recipe for times like this.
I will be the first to admit though you need someone on hand for 'sugar patrol' so some of the decor actually end up on the cookies and you don't have kids that are too hyped up on the sugary stuff I've been there before too! Plan to have a helper ;o)
SUGAR CUTOUT COOKIES
3/4 cup Butter-flavored shortening (love Crisco for this)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Colored decorations or icing
Cream shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large mixer
bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until light and
creamy. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to
creamed mixture, mixing on low speed until well blended.
Cover dough and chill 1 hour, if desired, for easy rolling.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll half of dough at a time.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch
thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut in desired shapes.
Place on ungreased baking sheets. Roll leftover pieces.
Sprinkle with colored decorations or leave plain to decorate
when cool. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until
edges are light brown. (Time will vary with cookie size.)
Cool slightly, then remove to cooling rack.
Categories: Cookies, Desserts
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TIPS FOR SHIPPING COOKIES:
Plain, sturdy cookies, such as drop cookies like
chocolate chip or Oatmeal Raisin, make the best travelers.
To ensure that cookies arrive in the best possible
condition, carefully pack them between layers of waxed
paper in a rigid tin. Use crumpled waxed paper to fill
in any extra space. Then pack this tin in a larger, sturdy
shipping box. Pad the area around the box with crumpled
paper or other packing material, seal and address.
If you're using cookie cutters to make cut-out, decorated
cookies, smaller designs are less likely to break in
transit than larger cookies.