Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Basis Sugar Cookies with Icing

I remember the wonderful "teacakes" that my grandmother use to make.  We all loved them but no one has the recipe because she used a pinch of this and a cup of that and it was never written down.

I make a similiar cookie and add icing to mine.  All of my family love them too and they know where the recipe is.  All the grandkids love to help ice the cookies so it is a fun time for all.  Maybe some of you would enjoy making them with you children.

Sugar Cookies
Cream together: 1/2 cup of crisco and 1/2 cup butter (softened)
Blend in 1 & 1/4 cup of sugar,   3 eggs, 1 tsp almond flavoring, 2 tsp vanilla flavoring.
When this is smooth use a mixing spoon to slowly mix in 4 cups of flour.
Roll into 2 balls, wrap in wax paper, saran or foil and chill.
When ready to cut cookies, remove from refrigerator for 10 -15 minutes.  Roll out on a floured board or wax paper.  Sprinkle the dough and rolling pin with flour as you go.  Use a cookie cutter to cut them into shapes.  Bake on 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Soften 1 stick of butter  ( I had rather use butter - margerine doesn't have anything real in it)
3 cups of sifted powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla flavoring
2 tsp almond flavoring
3-4 tbsp of milk
Using a mixer blend 1 cup of sugar with the butter.  Add flavorings.  Alternate the remaining sugar and milk a little at a time to get the consistency that you want.  You may need a little more or less of the sugar and milk.  Judge as you go.
I usually just leave it white and let the children add sprinkles.  They like shaking those bottles.

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