Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Holiday Favorite

Sugar cookies are one of my favorites around this time of year.  I make a recipe from this old book - it is a classic.  It tastes, feels and smells of my childhood. I hope you give it a try.

2/3 C. Shortening
3/4 C. Sugar
1 t. Vanilla
1 Egg
4 t. Milk
2 C. Sifted All Purpose Flour
11/2 t. Baking Powder
1/4 t. Salt

Cream Shortening and Sugar. Add Vanilla and cream some more. Add Egg; beat until light and fluffy.  Stir in Milk. Sift together Flour, Baking Powder and Salt.  Blend dry ingredients into creamed mixture.  Divide dough in half and chill for 1 hour.

Roll 1/2 dough out on a lightly floured surface using a lightly floured rolling pin. Keep other 1/2 of dough chilled until you are ready to work with it. Cut shapes and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes.  Cool cookies on a rack. Decorate when cool.  I use a simple icing of powdered sugar, milk, and food coloring, making it thick enough so it does not run.  Let colors dry between applications and use a toothpick for the details.

Last night I made some Creepmas cookies.  I made reindeer, snowpeople and holiday pumpkins.  Yummy, think I'll have those pumpkins right now with my coffee.

Creepmas Pumpkins with holly

Snow witch, snow axe murder, snow victim

skeleton reindeer


  1. oh boy, sounds like a GOOD recipe and I love how you decorated those cookies!
    re Germany--when I lived there, I did OK with the language. lived in a small village and took language classes so I could get by. fluent? by no means but I really enjoyed learning it--my 'heritage' on both sides is pretty much all German and Swiss so I found the whole experience of living there really interesting.

  2. Cute! I love the reindeer skeleton cookies! I'm a cheater.. I buy those cookies you just throw on a pan and bake lol!

  3. Mmmm now I'm hungry, the Skeleton Reindeer are my favorite! Ohhh and the snow victim lol, the best part is biting off their heads :D

  4. Yummm!!

    I like how you did the snow victim and I'll jump on the bandwagon and say I LOVE the skeleton reindeer.

  5. Thank you all for the nice comments. I wish I could share! I appreciate your visit to the parlor. Come again anytime.

  6. OH I love those dead deer!!!

  7. Nice work, Lady M! I'm sure the cookies were delicious. Best sugar cookie recipe ever.