2015 Recipe Contest Submissions

Aspen’s Sugar Cookies

Submitted by: Betty Davis from Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative

Message from Betty Davis:

Our family has a tradition of holding a “Family Cookie Exchange”. And each year everyone makes their favorite cookie and and we each make 1 doz for each family represented in the exchange. This cookie tastes lightly sweet and tastes like Christmas. and reminds me of the pink cookies that comes from our local bakery.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup shortening (part butter)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
1/2 tsp (teaspoon)pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt’

Directions:

In large bowl cream shortening/butter with sugar, next add 2 beaten eggs, vanilla, salt, baking powder, & flour and mix well. Chill 1 hr in the icebox. Roll out dough into a log and chill again for 1/2 hr. Slice into 1/8 inch slices & place them onto an un-greased cookie sheet. Lightly sprinkle sugar on top of cookies. Bake at 400* for 6-8 minutes. Lift the cookie up and when the bottom is lightly golden brown, remove them and place onto a cookie sheet. Sometimes I do not roll the dough into a log, instead I roll out the dough and use cookie cutters. After the cookies cool, I use decorator icing.

Decorator’s icing… Mix 2/3 cup butter melted, 4 cups confection sugar…adding 1/2 cup at a time, 1 tsp. clear vanilla extract and 2 or 3 TBLS (tablespoons) of cold milk. Beat well. And add food coloring of your choice. I like light blue… if feels more wintery. If you want very white, use crisco instead of butter. I prefer to put the icing into a bottle with a narrow tip (like a squirt bottle) to decorate the cookie..the icing must be a little firm to do this. I outline the cookie edge, then I add a little thinner icing to the center of the outlined icing, then use a toothpick or paint brush to spread the icing around inside the outline.