Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

As a child it was tradition to bake sugar cookies with my mom for every holiday.  We had cookie cutters for every occasion from Easter to Christmas, and it was always a very special afternoon of baking, eating, and hanging out with my mom.

Now that I am a mom I try to carry on the traditions passed to me by creating the same yummy confections that I always felt each occasion was made more special because of. Having boys instead of girls has left me slightly bereft of those special baking days, except for the random times when one of my sons asks to bake something with me, such as was the case today.  And since it’s Halloween we decided to make Halloween sugar cookies.

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

3/4 C. Shortening

1 C. Sugar

2 Eggs

1 t. Vanillla

2 & 1/2 C. Flour

1 t. salt

1 t. Baking Powder

Mix shortening, sugar and eggs. Add the rest of the ingredients, mixing well. Chill for at least 1 hour or over night. Roll out dough on a floured board and cut with cookie cutters. Decorate with sugar before baking. Bake at 400* for 6 to 8 minutes. Cool and decorate with icing (optional). Makes 2 & 1/2 dozen cookies.




Happy Baking!


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