25 Days of Cookies, day 17

For day 17 I took on my Mother-In-Law’s famous Iced Sugar Cookie. She has been making these cookies at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter for very many years and probably has shared 1000’s of these cookies with many people. The challenge for me making this recipe is that I have 3 cookie “judges” reviewing my finished cookie against my mother-in-law’s gold standard of sugar cookies. I always remind them to be kind with their criticism because I have not practiced as much as Beloved Mother-In-Law and if they want me to continue practicing I need positive feedback.

Sugar Cookies

Beat together until well creamed:

1 c Shortening

2 c Sugar

Add:

1 c Milk

2 Eggs(well beaten)

1 TBS Vanilla

In a separate bowl sift together:

4 1/2 c Flour(approximately)

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Salt

Add Flour mixture to creamed shortening/sugar mixture; mix until a soft dough is formed. Chill overnight. Using small amounts of dough at a time, roll out to about 1/4 inch thick on a well floured surface, cut with cookie cutters, use a metal spatula to move cookies to baking sheet. Bake at 350 until set and starting to lightly color on edges.

The hard part about this recipe is that the original recipe calls for a “sifter full of flour.” When I compared my sifter to my mother-in-law’s they seemed to be the same size, so I have used the 4 1/2 cups of flour as a number measure for the flour. But it is in the flour amount that this cookie is perfected, too much and the cookie is dry and tough, too little and the cookie spreads out, flattens and looses shape. The dough is supposed to be very soft and is difficult to work with. Keeping your cutting surface well floured and working with very cold dough are also very important in achieving a good finished cookie. The final step for this cookie is icing. Again, you want your icing soft enough to spread, but firm enough to dry slightly so that the cookies can be stored with out the icing sticking to the container.

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Sugar Cookie ingredients

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Sugar Cookie dough

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Sugar Cookies waiting to be baked

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Baked Sugar Cookies

Icing for Sugar Cookies

1/2 c Butter

2+ c Powdered Sugar

1-2 TBS Milk

1 tsp Vanilla

With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamed, add vanilla and 1 Tbs of Milk, beat until smooth and spreadable. Add more milk to reach desired consistency. If icing becomes too thin, more powdered sugar can be added.

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Iced Sugar Cookies

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