04 September 2009

Sugar Cookies

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I recently made these for a friend/co-worker's birthday and within 20 minutes flat there were only crumbs! Don't ignore the impact a simple sugar cookie, when made well, can have on a crowd. The other thing I love about these is their chameleon-like quality - they're insanely easy to dress up or down depending on the event.

Sugar Cookies
2/3 cup shortening or butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
4 teaspoons milk
1 1/2 cup sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

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  1. Thoroughly cream together shortening/butter, sugar, and vanilla
  2. Add egg and beat until fluffy
  3. Stir in milk
  4. Sift dry ingredients together
  5. Stir dry mixture into wet and blend well.
  6. Drop on greased cookie sheet
  7. Bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes
  8. Remove from pan and cool
Notes: Although the recipe calls for shortening only, I used butter with positive results. If you are going to add sprinkles or other accouterments to the cookies, add before cooking to ensure they will stick to the cookies!

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