Christmas dessert — sugar cookies
Simple. Have them make and decorate a batch of sugar cookies.
Yes, we’re all used to Girl Scouts roaming our neighborhoods once a year and selling us cookies, aren’t we? I’m hear to tell you that they are even more enthusiastic about making their own cookies.
My daughter, Brenda SueCarol, celebrated her 10th birthday over the weekend. She had most of the girls from her scout troop over to help her celebrate. We made and decorated sugar cookies and the girls had a great time.
Who doesn’t love sugar cookies? I can’t think of a single person who doesn’t want at least a couple of them this time of year. They are easy to make and a lot of fun to decorate if you’ve got some vanilla icing tinted with food coloring and children around willing to do it. All the fun starts with a good recipe, and here it is:
3 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, or 4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons sugar (for sprinkling)
1 or 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Sift half of the flour with the baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Cream together butter or shortening until light, gradually adding sugar; beat until fluffy. On medium low speed, beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla. Stir in flour/baking powder mixture.
Add enough of the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour to make a smooth dough that is not too stiff. Do not add too much flour or the cookies will be heavy.
Chill dough for 1 hour or more.
Combine 2 tablespoons sugar with the cinnamon.
After dough is thoroughly chilled, roll out and cut into shapes using cookies cutters dipped in flour.
Sprinkle with the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
Arrange 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets and bake in a preheated 400°F. oven for 9 or10 minutes, watching carefully near the end of baking.
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Marci Nobles, a Benton resident, is a fantastic cook. Visit her on the Internet at The Crazed Wife Blog or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.