Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies #1
1 cup shortening (or ½ cup shortening and ½ cup butter)
1 cup sugar
3 ½ cups flour
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder

Cream shortening and butter together.  Gradually add sugar and continue to mix until completely creamed.  Add eggs and beat well.  Blend in sifted dry ingredients and vanilla.  Roll ¼ inch thick.  Cut the size or shape you want (reindeer, bell, angel and star), place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake in 350º oven for 8 minutes.  Cool, decorate and hang.

Sugar Cookies #2
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
4 to 4 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
4 tsp. baking powder

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Sift the dry ingredients together (I don’t take the time, you can) and then mix into the creamed mixture.  If too dry, sprinkle with a little water.  Roll out about ¼” thick with floured cookie cutters.  Bake at 375º for 6 to 10 minutes.

Try both recipes and see which one you prefer.  I’ll happily eat either one of them.

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