December 9, 2011

Old House Kitchen Christmas Favorites: Sugar Cookies and Frosting

With a new baby in our midst we are trying to soak up as much cuddling time as we can so I thought it would be fun to share our family's favorite Christmas recipes!  Enjoy!
Every year around this time we send the "men" (hubby and all the boys) out to cut a Christmas tree.  The "ladies" (my mom, myself, and the girls) stay home and bake sugar cookies.  Some years we bake them from scratch, some years we buy a boxed cookie mix.  This recipe is our favorite to make them from scratch!  The frosting recipe is also a family favorite passed on to us by a dear friend.  Can't wait to taste those yummy, fresh baked cookies!  Of course we'll decorate them with cinnamon candies, sprinkles, jimmies, and icing!
Sugar Cookies

2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
3/4 t. salt
1/2 c. butter (room temp.)
1 egg
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. granulated sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 T. milk (room temp.)

Sift together flour, soda and salt.  Set aside.  Cream together butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla.  Add egg.  Mix until fluffy.  Stir in dry ingredients until smooth.  Blend in milk.

Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheets.  Flatten with bottom of glass which has been dipped in sugar.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Cool and if you desire frost with frosting and any sugars or sprinkles you like.  


1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter 
2 t. vanilla flavoring
2 pounds Confectioners sugar

Beat the first three ingredients well then slowly add the sugar.  I used my KitchenAid Stand Mixer.  Add a little bit of milk at a time.  Just enough until it's to the right consistency.  Sorry it's not specific, but some things in the kitchen you just need to eyeball!  The secret to fluffy bakery-like frosting is to beat it enough so you don't have a grainy texture. 

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