Autumn Sugar Cookies

Autumn is here and although we were sweating through 100º weather here in Pasadena, CA last week, I am ready to get Fall festive. Most kids love sugar cookies and decorating them is a fun, hands-on activity.  I try to include my daughter in making the dough, rolling it out, and then let her make a mess decorating on her own.  Although she is not really “helping” me, I am doing it for her anyways right?..so I might as well let her learn, have fun, and then she can also help me clean up the mess : )   I have tried a few recipes for sugar cookies in the past, and never been satisfied.  Here is a state fair winning recipe that is sweet, holds its shape well and stays nice and soft.  Enjoy! 

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SUGAR COOKIES

1.Combine ⅔cup shortening, ⅔cup butter, and 1½ cup Sugar

2. In a second, separate bowl combine 2 eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla, and whisk together well and then add to the sugar mixture (above)

3. In a third, separate bowl combine 3½ cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt  (mix slowly into the rest of batter)

Bake at 350º for 9 to 11 minutes, or until bottom of cookie is turning slightly brown.

✳The dough will be soft, so if you intend to roll them out as we did, refrigerating it overnight or for a couple of hours before you cut them out is helpful.

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One thought on “Autumn Sugar Cookies

  1. Don’t forget to use new words when decorating too…..spread/spreading/spread….slippery…..smooth….crisp/browned around the edges….soft in the middles….you’ll think of more, I’m sure. Great activity and so wise to have her do as much as she can and help clean up, too!

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