Theresa's Mixed Nuts: 5 Days of Holiday Goodies! Day 1 ~ Soft Batch Sugar Cookies!

Monday, December 16, 2013

5 Days of Holiday Goodies! Day 1 ~ Soft Batch Sugar Cookies!

This is the time of year that I just love to get in the kitchen and whip up sweet treats to pass out to family and friends as holiday gifts. And I am going to allow myself to be a little big headed here, but my treats are always so well received that everyone looks forward to getting a box of my goodies! Year after year, I tend to stick with the most popular yummies, and I want to share my favorite holiday recipes for your baking pleasure :) For the next 5 days I will have a post of the goodies I tend to pass out each year. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and friends do!

Soft Batch Sugar Cookies


Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter *Real Butter, not margarine*
1/2 cup Crisco Butter Flavor shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking poweder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
additional sugar if desired for sprinkling over cookies.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
In a mixing bow, cream butter, shortening and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well. 
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually add to the creamed mixture.
Roll out dough to desired thickness. (Mine are usually around 1/4 inch thick.) Using cookie cutters, press firmly into the dough until the cookie has passed all the way through. 
Place each cut out on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 6 to 7 minutes. *The cookies will look like they aren’t completely baked. This is when I like to pull them out, then let them finish baking on the cookie sheet out of the oven. You will get a much softer cookie this way! If you like, sprinkle additional sugar on cookies while they are still cooling. If you are going to ice them, skip this step.
Let cookies cool completely, then decorate with icing as desired. (I use the Royal Icing recipe found on Wilton's website)

 Enjoy!

What's your favorite cookie?

18 comments:

  1. Peanut butter cookies are my all time favorite, but I can't seem to master them. I like them with the edges crunchy, but chewy inside. It's hard to get them just right. Your cookies sound awesome and I can';t wait to hear what you have planned for the rest of the week.

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  2. Can't say I have a favorite any more at my shore

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  3. Ooh, those are lovely. Don't forget that this Wednesday Dezzy's Christmas Cake Magic is on :)

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  4. That sounds good. That's what I was doing all weekend - making and decorating cookies.

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  5. They look delicious! I LOVE sugar cookies and enjoy new recipes...so will have to try these out. I'm excited to see all your recipes!!

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  6. I love sugar cookies!! We're waiting until all of the kids are here to make, bake, and decorate, and I can't wait!

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  7. Your cookies look yummy Theresa! I like chocolate chip cookies and almost every Christmas we used to buy a tin of Danish butter cookies. Have a good time baking.

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  8. I like any cookie you throw my way!! Those look delish!!

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  9. I want to be living close to youuuuuuu!!! haha these look so delicious!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  10. I miss making sugar cookies, but I don't eat them, my Hubs don't want them in the house because he will eat them and my Daughter and Grandkids are trying to cut down on sweets. I love soft sugar cookies.

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  11. We used to make cookies very similar growing up. Tasty!

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  12. Everyone LOVES sugar cookies. These look perfect for the upcoming school parties.

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  13. I love sugar cookies but I have to say chocolate chip are my favorite ;). I need my chocolate fix.

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  14. these are great. do you know if there's an alternative to shorterning? we try to avoid trans fats.

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    1. Amanda, I believe Smart Balance makes a trans fat free shortening that would work well in these cookies!

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  15. I love sugar cookies and my kids do too. The kids always love to use colored sugar on our cookies to make them pretty.

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Thanks for your comments! I appreciate every one of them :)

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