Recipes for the soul

It wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t bake my cutout sugar cookies. I’ve used the same recipe from an old Betty Crocker Cookbook that my mother had. I got my own copy when I got married and still use it today.

Sugar Cookies

2/3 cup shortening Oven; 375 degrees
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
4 tsps. milk
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Thoroughly cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla. Add egg; beat until light and fluffy.
Stir in milk. Sift together dry ingredients; blend into creamed mixture. Divide dough in
half. Chill 1 hour.

On lightly floured surface, roll to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness.* Cut into desired shapes with
cutters. Bake on a greased (I use parchment paper) cookie sheet at 375 degrees about 6 to 8 minutes.
Cool slightly; remove from pan. Makes 2 dozen. Frost with favorite frosting and sprinkles.
*Chill other half till ready to use.

About kateboyer

Kathy Hendrickson has always loved romance, history, and westerns. She grew up watching Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and The Waltons. Kathy's childhood was spent on a farm in central Illinois, where she learned the value of family, hard work, and developed a "pioneer" spirit. She loves cooking for her friends and family and sharing recipes. Kathy and her husband have traveled the Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City. She has followed the twists of the Platte River throughout the trail states. She has seen Chimney Rock, Independence Rock and Courthouse Rock. Kathy has walked the wagon wheel ruts of Ash Hollow made by previous trains over 150 years ago. She has also visited Forts Laramie, Kearney, and Vancouver. She has published three short contemporary romances in Woman's World Magazine, but her first love is historical westerns. Kathy worked in a library which was pure heaven for her, surrounded by all those books. She started one of the first successful romance book discussion groups in a public library. She is a member of Romance Writers of America. Kathy loves flower gardening, genealogy, reading, and watching westerns or Hallmark movies. Kathy lives with her husband and is the mother of three sons and five beautiful grandchildren.
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