Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Soft Sugar Cookies

Recently I became a member of Allrecipes.com. I've become quite fond of that site and its becoming an everyday visit for me. My favorite aspect besides the variety of recipes are the detailed reviews that people post. It really gives me a good idea whether a dish is worth trying or not.

After reading many reviews on the different sugar cookies from the site , I decided to give this particular recipe a try. We received this cookie cutter as favors from our friends Gabe & Erica's wedding and I was excited to use it!! Yesterday morning when I woke up and went to Allrecipes.com to search for some dinner ideas, I saw the pictures of these sugar cookies smack on the front page that I took and posted from a couple days ago voted as the top 4 favorite pictures of the day. I was surprised and excited. Now I like the site even more :)

Anyways, these cookies turned out wonderful and very quick and easy to make. Its perfect to shape because it doesn't spread and its not too overwhelmingly sweet. I am still in search for the perfect sugar cookie recipe. I used to buy these big fluffy sugar cookies from Soergel Orchards down in Wexford, PA and I love love love them!!! They're soft and cake like, but until I am able to find that perfect recipe, this will do for now.

Servings: 24 cookies
2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, shortening and sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, stir into the creamed mixture until dough comes together. Roll dough into walnut sized balls and roll the balls in sugar. Place them on an unprepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
3. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until bottom is light brown. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.


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