Friday, December 16, 2011

Grandma's Sugar Cookies!



Dear friends, I have decided to share with you the most delicious recipe for sugar cookies. Ever. This might just be my biased opinion though. I think possibly multiple times every Christmas I have eaten/decorated/baked these cookies. They have just become known as "Grandma's cookies" because, you guessed it, that's where the recipe came from. They are the perfect texture- soft but can hold up to being decorated and stay good for quite awhile.

I would like to point out that they contain shortening, which I pretty much avoid using completely. But I figure once a year isn't really that big of a deal... so enjoy!!

The Best Sugar Cookies
Makes 3-4 dozen
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4-6 tbsp milk
Directions:
  • Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs together
  • In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, and salt
  • Add dry ingredients to wet, alternating with the milk. ( I think I usually end up using all 6 tbsp of milk, you just want the dough to be wet enough to come together in a big clump)
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (the colder it is, the easier it is to roll out)
  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface and get out the cookie cutters!
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. I usually go for 8 minutes and take them out when there is barely a hint of tan on the edges ( I like them soft!)
  • Decorate!!!! 
p.s. I used this frosting recipe, it is awesome. It's really easy to use and the tops dry to a nice smooth finish, so you can stack them up and not have a frosting mess. 

17 comments:

  1. In the midst of my baking marathon, I am definitely going to have to make these. They look wonderful! xx

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  2. oh so perfect! i'm going to try them for sure.
    please check out my blog too!

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  3. these look delicious! i'm definitely going to have to try them out. i've been looking for an icing that dries like that. i hate it when my cookies all stick together!

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  4. Oh, lovely! There is nothing better than amazing sugar cookies for Christmas. I must try this!

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  5. I'm definitely tucking these away in my recipe stash. Christmas is the perfect time of year to go baking crazy!

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  6. Oh my lanta this looks DELISH!!

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  7. Have you tried using butter instead of shortening? I wonder if that would work ...

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  8. how did you know I was thinking of baking for breakfast?

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  9. I love a soft sugar cookie! I also love the colored nonpareils but I wanted to share the "glitter flakes" I use on my sugar cookie trees - I think it makes the trees look like they are lit up! They are made by CK products and I bought it a local kitchen store but online they are here: http://www.amazon.com/Glitter-Flakes-Rainbow-Count/dp/B003EMOL6K

    this is an instagram picture of my not-soft sugar cookies so you can see what I am talking about http://monagray.tumblr.com/post/13992708013/sugar-cookies-taken-with-instagram

    I'll remember this recipe for the next time I make sugar cookies!

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  10. these look so amazing! i was just thinking i need to bake cookies and i am most surely going to bake these!!

    <3 steffy
    http://steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

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  11. My momma made a huge batch of sugar cookies every Christmas for us kids to decorate!! Oh, how I miss that. Even if I have to just buy some store-bought dough for time's sake, I may have to just make a batch, just like old times!

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  12. these look so good! i just made some sugar cookies. and then i realized no one in my house likes sugar cookies. and then i ate most of them...haha
    love the pictures though. they are so cute
    http://seacreaturess.blogspot.com/

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  13. These cookies look so good, I wish I found this recipe before Christmas :)
    Life is a romantic poem

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  14. Ich habe das Rezept ausprobiert!
    Es ist sehr einfach, die Kekse schmecken toll und sehen absolut genial aus.

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