I have always loved a good cut out sugar cookie. I definitely prefer it to a chocolate chip cookie, and it may just beat out a brownie too. They are simple, can be made to go with any occasion, and everyone loves them. But they do have a major flaw:
My "Martha-ness" takes over when I bake these and they take me
forever to make!
I think a little gratitude, thanks and appreciation goes a long way and not just when it's for my cooking.
There are days when one of my children out of the blue will genuinely thank me for driving them somewhere and it makes my day.
So, spread the love, this recipe is very easy and the dough is actually better if you make it ahead and let it chill at least a day or freeze it for much later.
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or lemon or almond extract (I prefer almond)
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Rool dough thin, press out desired shapes with cookie cutters. (Make sure your work surface is well floured. THese cookies should be thin and you may want to use a spatial to transfer them to the cookie sheet.) Bake 7-10 minutes (check frequently especially if you have shapes with thin ends...the angle wings and reindeer legs tend to cook and brown quickly!) Cool on a wire rack.
2 cups (I'm guessing?)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
a little milk or water
food coloring if desired
Start with one cup of powdered sugar and add the almond extract and a tiny bit of milk. Stir and add more liquid or more sugar until you reach the right consistency, not runn and not clumpy. Add coloring and ice away!