Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

20m Prep Time
8m Cook Time
4 Yield
Preparation Directions

STEP ONE

COMBINE shortening, sugar, milk and vanilla in bowl of electric mixer; beat at medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg.

STEP TWO

COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Mix into creamed mixture at low speed until well blended. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

STEP THREE

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

STEP FOUR

ROLL out 1/2 dough at a time to about 1/8-inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut out with cookie cutters. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugars and decors or leave plain and frost when cooled.

STEP FIVE

BAKE 7 to 9 minutes, or until set. Remove immediately to cooling rack.
VARIATIONS

STEP ONE

LEMON OR ORANGE CUT-OUT SUGAR COOKIES: ADD 1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange peel and 1 teaspoon lemon or orange extract to dough in Step 1.

STEP TWO

CHOCOLATE DIPPED: COMBINE 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon Butter Flavor Crisco shortening in microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave on MEDIUM (50% power). Stir after 1 minute. Repeat until smooth. Dip one end of cooled cookie halfway up in chocolate. Place on waxed paper until chocolate is firm.

STEP THREE

CHOCOLATE NUT: DIP in melted chocolate as directed above. Sprinkle with finely chopped nuts before chocolate hardens.
CREAMY VANILLA FROSTING

STEP ONE

COMBINE 1/2 cup Butter Flavor Crisco Shortening, 1 pound (4 cups) powdered sugar, 1/3 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in bowl of electric mixer; beat at low speed until well blended. Scrape bowl. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy. One or two drops of food color can be used to tint each cup of frosting, if desired. Frost cooled cookies.
Tip
This frosting works well in decorating tube.
LEMON OR ORANGE CREAMY FROSTING

STEP ONE

Omit milk from Creamy Vanilla Frosting recipe. Add 1/3 cup lemon or orange juice. Add 1 teaspoon orange peel with orange juice. Proceed as directed.

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