As Stella and me were deciding on what cookies to make as gifts – I was so hoping that she would not want the dreaded cut out cookies – but of course she did! So after 2 days they are finally done. I woke at 5am to make the dough, since it had to be refrigerated for at least 3 hours, then it was rolling the dough, cutting the cookies, another 2 hours – done – now the decorating and another 2 hours!
Sugar Roll Out Cookies (Courtesy of Becky Crocker – I have had this cookbook so long that it is falling apart and I keep it together with a rubber band!)
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbl butter
1/3 cup shortening (I replace with butter)
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbl milk
1 tsp vanilla
2. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy – not sure what that means because mine did not look fluffy and never does!
3. Add egg, milk and vanilla – beat well.
4. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
6. Work with half the dough, place on a parchment lined board (you can flour the board and skip the parchment paper – but I have never been successful with transferring the cookies from the board to the cookie sheet.
7. Roll the dough out with a well floured rolling pin. You will have to keep adding flour to the rolling pin. You can turn the dough easily with the parchment paper – makes rolling easier. Once the dough is about 1/8″ thick – start cutting with the cookie cutters.
8. Move the parchment paper to a cookie sheet and place in a 375 degree oven for about 8 minutes.
9. Cool on a wire rack. Makes about 36 – 48 cookies.
Icing (Next year, if we have to make these again – I am looking for another icing recipe that does not use corn syrup!)
2 cups confectioners sugar
6 tsp milk
6 tsp corn syrup
1. In a glass bowl mix the milk and confectioners sugar together, until smooth – may have to add a little more milk.
2. Add the corn syrup and mix until the icing is smooth and glossy – if too thick add more corn syrup.
3. Divide into separate bowls and add food coloring.
Go to town decorating, don’t forget the sprinkles. I have Stella do her decorating in a baking pan – keeps all of it from ending up on the floor! This icing does dry hard.