We chose Grandma's Tender Sugar Cookies to make because we had all the necessary ingredients the recipe called for, plus enough to double the recipe! Not to mention we wanted to decorate cookies! We also had a recipe to make homemade Sugar Cookie Frosting (look below for recipe) that tasted amazing, and was essential in helping us decorate the cookies.
Recipe for Grandma's Tender Sugar Cookies
(Makes 30 Cookies)
These classic sugar cookies are perfect fillers for gift tins, picnic baskets, wine baskets and portable coffee sets because they are palate-pleasing, easy to pack, festive, and delicious!
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs (recommend: hormone free or brown eggs)
- 1/4 cup milk (recommend: skim milk)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt (recommend: sea salt)
- (Optional) Powdered Sugar or Flour for dusting
- (Optional) Icing to decorate cookies
- (Optional) Cookie Cutters - various designs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). In a large mixing bowl, beat together shortening and sugar.
- Add eggs, milk and vanilla.
- Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to shortening mixture and beat until smooth.
- Dust surface with powdered sugar (or flour) and roll out dough to a 1/2 inch or less. Cut with cookie cutters (or cut into strips if not using cookie cutters) and place on parchment-paper-lined cookie sheets (or non-stick baking pan).
- Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookies looks light brown.
- Remove cookies to wire rack to cool.
- When cookies are cool, dust with powdered sugar or frost them with Sugar Cookie Frosting (look below for recipe). Further icing decorating can be done if desired.
Recipe for Sugar Cookie Frosting
(Makes Frosting for 12 Cookies)
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- In a medium bowl, beat together all ingredients. Thin with a little water, if desired. (Ours was thick, so we added a little water and it worked out beautifully.)
Most of the cookies we put the Sugar Cookie Frosting on, then decorated with tubes of colored icing. Others we omitted the frosting and just went straight to decorating them. Either way, they were addictive simply because they melted in your mouth and left you wanting more!
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!