sugar cookies
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Sugar Cookies

The first time I spent the holidays with Tim’s kids, I made these sugar cookies.  Little did I know, his son in law is a big lover of sugar cookies.  But they have to be good ones.  And mine passed the test.

There’s nothing like a homemade sugar cookie, especially if you make the frosting as well.  And finding the right recipe is the key.  Once I found this one, I stopped looking and I’ve been making them ever since.

I get requests

It’s almost become expected that I’ll have these cookies for special occasions.  And, occasionally, I’ll get a special request.  One night, I received a video through a text message.  The video was of our grandson, Brady, and all he said was “Linda, send cookies”.  I think his dad might have put him up to it, but the whole family has become fans of them.

We even have a “cookie container” that goes back and forth between our house and theirs.  When we get it, it’s empty.  When they get it, it’s full of cookies.  I try to be careful not to overdo it because I don’t want them to get tired of them.  I want my sugar cookies to continue to be special.

I have fun looking for different cookie cutters, too.  Depending on the time of year, I try to use cutters appropriate for the occasion or season.  As a result, I’ve accumulated quite a variety.  And lots of different types of decorations.  I have a two-tier lazy susan in my pantry that is full of nothing but cookie decorations!!  I have fun trying to make them colorful and special.  But I’m not sure anyone cares; they eat them so fast I don’t think they even notice.

Only negative

If there’s a negative about these cookies, it’s that they do tend to puff up a little.  I’d like them to keep their shape a little better, but they’re so good, I haven’t let this keep me from making them.

Do you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe?  Should I try yours or keep making this one?  If you’ve been searching for that special sugar cookie recipe, give this one a try and let me know what you think.

Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies melt in your mouth. And the frosting is so much better than store-bought.
Course Snack
Servings 40 cookies (half a batch)

Ingredients

Sugar Cookies

  • 6 c. flour
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 c. shortening
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1 c. sour cream

Sugar Cookie Frosting

  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 3/4 t. vanilla
  • 1/4 t. almond extract
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 T. milk

Instructions

Sugar Cookies

  • Mix all dry ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Blend wet ingredients until smooth in a large bowl.
  • Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  • Cover and place in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  • Roll out cookie dough and cut with your favorite cookie cutters.
  • Grease your cookie sheet with shortening and place cut cookies on the sheet. (I use air insulated baking sheets for these cookies.)
  • Bake at 400 for 7-8 minutes.
  • Let cool on the cookie sheet for a short time and then move to paper towels for final cooling.

Sugar Cookie Frosting

  • Blend all ingredients together with your mixer.
  • Color the frosting in your color of choice. (I've started using gel food coloring. The colors come out more intense.)
  • Once the cookies are cooled, frost away!!

Notes

Both the cookies and the frosting freeze well.  I sometimes make a double batch of the dough and freeze half for later.  Saves a lot of time the next time I want to make these.  You can also freeze the baked cookies for frosting later.
Since I typically make a half batch at a time, but make a full batch of frosting, it's not unusual for me to have some frosting left over.  When I need it, I take it out of the freezer, let it thaw a little bit, and then stir it well.  Use as it is or add color to it.  Spreads and tastes just like fresh!!
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