Soft Sugar Cookies
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Soft Sugar Cookies

These cookies are a tradition in my family especially around Christmas time, but are good for any time of year. Decorate for whatever occasion you prefer!

Mandi Lynn

Ingredients

24-serving
  1. 2/3 Cup Shortening
  2. 1 Cup White Sugar
  3. 2 Eggs
  4. 1/3 Cup Milk
  5. 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  6. 3 Cups Flour
  7. 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  8. 1 Teaspoon Salt
  9. 1 Cup Sugar Confectioner ' s
  10. 2 Teaspoons Milk
  11. 2 Teaspoons Corn Syrup Sugar Syrup Lite or Simple
  12. 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Almond or Extract

Method

120 mins
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    Cream together shortening and white sugar until fluffy (it's best to use a hand beater or stand mixer). Add eggs, milk, and 1 tsp vanilla and beat until well combined.

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    In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to wet mixture a little at a time, forming a soft ball of dough. Refridgerate for an hour to make dough firm.

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    Turn dough onto a floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters or the rim of a drinking glass. Collect dough scraps and continue until all dough has been used.

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    Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes. Do not let cookies become brown, and do not overcook, else they will become hard. Cool cookies completely before decorating.

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    For the frosting, place confectioner's sugar, milk, syrup, and almond OR vanilla flavoring into a bowl and mix with a hand mixer or stand mixer until well combined. Frosting should not be runny, but about the thickness of thick oatmeal.

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    Add food coloring to create desired colors for frosting, then spread or pipe onto cookies. Frosting should harden in about 90 minutes.

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