I’m quite particular about the sugar cookies I’ll eat. Most anything that comes in a box or tin? Pass.
I like to save my sugar cookie treats for the good stuff: soft and homemade. Offer me one of those and I might fight you for it. This gem of a recipe comes from my Aunt Naomi, from a small cookbook she compiled and entitled, “Good Food That Won’t Kill You.” Is that convincing or what?
Not too sweet, these sugar cookies are delicious even without the frosting. They’re perfection.
Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cups buttermilk
For the frosting:
- Um, better Google that. I’m a Betty Crocker type of frosting girl 🙂
- In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Add shortening with a fork (or electric mixer) until crumbly.
- In a small bowl, beat together eggs, vanilla, soda, and buttermilk.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until combined (I like to do this right in my stand mixer, being careful not to overmix).
- Chill one hour for better rolling.
- Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes. Yield: about 4 dozen cookies.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Take out of oven before they brown.
- When cool, frost, sprinkle, dunk, devour, deliver.
The end. Enjoy!