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!
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.