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Recipe: Easter Sugar CookieCutouts
1/3 cup vegetable shortening 1/3 cup butter 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 tablespoon milk 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Dash salt 1 cup sifted powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Milk Desired food coloring
In a large mixing bowl beat the shorteningand butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium to highspeed about 30 seconds or until softened. Add about half of theflour. Then add the granulated sugar, egg, milk, baking powder,the 1 teaspoon vanilla, and salt.
Beat until thoroughly combined, scrapingthe sides of bowl occasionally. Beat or stir in the remainingflour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 3 hours oruntil dough is easy to handle. On a lightly floured surface,roll each half of the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using 2-1/2-inchcutters, cut dough into desired shapes. Place1-inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake in a 375°F (190°C) oven for7 to 8 minutes or until the bottoms are very lightly browned.Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute. Remove cookies and cool onwire racks.
If desired, decorate cookies with PowderedSugar Icing. In a small mixing bowl stir together sifted powderedsugar,1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and enough milk (about 1 tablespoon)to make a drizzling or piping consistency. If desired, colorwith food coloring.
Makes about 42.
Nutritional facts per serving: calories:62, total fat: 3g, saturated fat: 1g, cholesterol: 5mg, sodium:28mg, carbohydrate: 8g