Thursday, February 25, 2010

Grandma's Sugar Cookies

My grandmother got this recipe out of the Betty Furness Westinghouse Cookbook (1954). These are the sugar cookies I grew up eating. It's a simple recipe and quite timeless. I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as my family does. :)

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift flour together with baking powder and salt. Cream shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add unbeaten eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each egg is added. Add vanilla and flour mixture. Beat vigorously until flour is completely blended. Refrigerate dough until chilled - about 2 hours. Divide dough in half. Roll each half out on a lightly floured surface. Roll until dough is about 1/8" thick and cut out into shapes. Sprinkle with colored or plain sugar. Bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned around the edges. ***If you roll the dough out as this as the recipe says to, you will get a very thin, crispy cookie. I like to roll it out a little thicker for a softer cookie. Also, instead of rolling out the dough, you can roll it into balls and then flatten with a glass dipped in sugar.***

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