Do you have holiday traditions?? Would you like to start some?? One of our favorite traditions is making iced cookies – I just love it! I ice while the kiddos decorate. So fun! I’ve simplified lately and just cut round cookies instead of intricate shapes – so much easier!
First, the dough – - the recipe is called “plain cookies” and my mom’s mom used to make them – they’re perfect.
1/2 C shortening
1 C Sugar
1/4 C milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
3 C flour
Cream together (that means mix well til creamy) the shortening and sugar. Add milk, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, and mix well. Add flour and mix. Refridgerate dough for 2-3 hours – this is important, otherwise the dough is too sticky. Then roll out to approx 1/4 inch thick (put flour on your countertop so the dough doesn’t stick), cut shapes, Bake 350 for 8-10 minutes.
Let them cool completely before you put on icing so it won’t melt and slide off.
1/4 C butter
3 tbsp shortening
1 tsp almond extract (I love getting of whiff of this stuff!)
1 lb powder sugar (1/2 bag)
Approx 4 tbsp milk
Cream the butter and shortening and almond together like so:
Add the other ingredients. Adjust your milk amount according to how thick you want your icing. Mix it on a high speed – I hardly ever those high speeds, so it’s fun to see the icing whip up.
Then you’re ready. While you ice the cookies, keep a wet paper towel on top of your icing bowl so that the icing won’t start to dry out.
Want to see how I ice cookies?? Here’s a video (hope my mom approves – all my life I’ve been trying to live up to her icing standards!)
Yum, right?! enjoy!