Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Cookies

     My mom used to make these cookies for my high school swim team when we would go to sectionals or other big meet. They were always a favorite because they taste very similar to smiley face cookies from a certain bakery in town (This is for you, Kelli!). She would make them with a star cookie cutter since the star was our mascot. Since I'm all grown up now, if I want these cookies I have to make them myself. It's a once a year deal, folks. I just don't like to roll cookies, which is why J does that part. That is part of the deal, I'll make the cookies if he rolls them out.
     These are pretty much my favorite cookies. Ever.

3/4 cup shortening mixed with butter (about half and half)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
powdered sugar
food coloring

  • Mix shortening/butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until creamy.
  • Sift and stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Chill dough for at least an hour. 
  • Roll to about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut as desired. 
  • Bake 7-10 minutes @ 350* til the edges barely turn.
  • Cool completely
  • For the icing: Put about 1/4 bag of powdered sugar in a bowl. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla, then a small amount of water til it's the right consistency. If you want several colors, separate icing into individual bowls now. Add food coloring one drop at a time.

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