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Sunday, December 08, 2013


I'm going to bake some cookies to take into work tonight as some of us are working overnight to do the Seasonal switch to SPRING... bye bye Christmas. It's going fast - everything is dwindling and whats there is there... we won't be getting anymore. It's gone WAY faster than it was expected to go I think. Been CRAZY!!!

OK... back to the cookies...

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar, DIVIDED
2 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream shortening; add 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and flavorings, beat well.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture; mix.

Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls 3 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet. Press cookies with a fork to flatten. Sprinkle cookies with remaining sugar. (OK THAT PART I DON'T DO... I  DO LIKE MY GRANDMA AND GREASE THE BOTTOM OF A DRINKING GLASS AND DIP IT IN THE REMAINING SUGAR AND THEN PRESS THE COOKIES FLAT - THEY ARE FLATTENED AND SUGARED IN ONE MOVE)
Bake at 375*F for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield ; 8 dozen. more like 4 1/2 Dozen for me - they must use really TINY teaspoons

I also color the topping sugar if I want. Today I will do red or green; depends on what food coloring I have in the cabinet.

I may also make Snickerdoodles... we will see how I'm doing since I will need a nap at some point to make it ALL night.



1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Tablespoon ground Cinnamon
(I just mix up equal parts of cinnamon and sugar  - this morning I mixed  3 Tablespoons of each together and will store any thats left over for the next time I bake these cookies or need cinnamon and sugar for buns)

1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Combine 1 Tablespoon sugar  and cinnamon together in a small bowl and set aside.

Cream shortening; gradually add 1 1 /2 cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs; beat well. Stir in vanilla.

Sift together flour, soda, salt and cream of tartar in a medium mixing bowl. (I use a paper plate as I find it easier for the next step since I'm using a stand up mixer). Add to creamed mixture; mix well.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in reserved cinnamon mixture. Place 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 400*F for 6 to 10 minutes until lightly browned. Remove to wire rack to cool. Yield: about 4 dozen

1 comment:

  1. oh dearest I commented and it disappeared , great recipe easy to follow thank you Amelia x


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