Thursday, 3 January 2013

Sugar Cookies

I had my little buddy helping out in the kitchen this week. He did the measuring, the mixing and the cutting and decorating of the sugar cookies. The dough was a little soft (I have some doubts about the measuring and I see a fair quantity of flour that didn't make it into the bowl on someone's clothing) but the cookies turned out great and taste fantastic piled with icing and decorations.
Here they are going into the oven, there was a wide assortment of themes happening from dog bones to reindeer....

and here are the final masterpieces, each one carefully produced for best effect...
And the LAST cookie, could it be, we had run out of icing?

Sugar Cookies
3/4 cup soft shortening (part butter)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg (optional)

Cream shortening and butter until fluffy. Add vanilla.
Add sugar, mixing until creamy. Sift together dry ingredients and add to wet
mixing thoroughly. Chill at least 2 hours or overnight. Roll out chilled dough
and cut into desired shapes. Bake at 350F approx. 10 minutes.
Ice and smother with decorations as desired.