My Favorite Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • ⅔ cup shortening
  • 2eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1egg white(Optional)
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Combine sugar and shortening in a mixing bowl. Beat at low speed just until smooth. Mix in eggs, milk, and vanilla.

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  • Step 2

    In separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour into sugar mixture and blend until combined.

  • Step 3

    Shape dough into a ball and wrap with waxed paper or plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours until easy to handle.

  • Step 4

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper.

  • Step 5

    Roll out half of the dough at a time on a lightly floured surface. Keep the remaining dough refrigerated. For crisp cookies, roll paper-thin. For softer cookies, roll 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.

  • Step 6

    With floured cookie cutters, cut dough into various shapes. Re-roll dough trimmings into a ball, cover and refrigerate, and continue to cut shapes with chilled dough.

  • Step 7

    Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on greased cookie sheets. To glaze, brush tops of cookies with heavy or whipping cream or with an egg white slightly beaten with 1 tablespoon of water.

  • Step 8

    Sprinkle cookies with your choice of toppings; bake 8 minutes or until very light brown. Remove cookies and cool completely.

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