Life:Beautiful's Frosted Sugar Cookies are tender, yet firm enough to hold up to artful decorating.

Sugar Cookies

A pair of perfect snowflakes wrapped in plaid packaging is a tiny gift that says you care enough to send your best. The cookies are tender, yet firm enough to hold up to artful decorating. While these cookies may take more time to create, they promise a lasting memory.

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Makes 30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3¼ cups flour, plus additional for rolling dough
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, beat together shortening and sugar. Add eggs, milk and vanilla; beat until combined. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to shortening mixture and beat until well combined. Cover and chill in a refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Dust work surface with flour. Roll dough 1/8 inch thick, cut with cookie cutters and place cutouts on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated oven for 9 to 11 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Frost with Sugar Cookie Frosting, recipe here.