Happy Valentine's Day everyone and I'm back with another Sweet Sunday!
Today I am featuring my mom's recipe for Sugar Cookies. I have been making these sugar cookies with my mom forever. We always had decorated sugar cookies for the holidays for as long as I can remember. Tins and tins filled with cookies!! And now I use my mom's recipe. I don't know where she got it, but it's definitely a keeper. I know everybody has their favorite sugar cookier recipe, and this is mine.
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup shortening
2 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
grated orange or lemon peel
-beat butter and shortening
-add sugar, egg, milk, vanilla, baking powder, orange peel
-add flour, mix well
-divide dough into 2 parts, but inbetween wax paper
-chill dough for 3 hours or longer
-after chilled, roll dough out on floured surface
-cut into desired shapes
-bake at 375 degrees for 7-10 minutes
The orange peel really makes the cookie. Gives it a little punch of flavor without being overwhelming. I have made them both with and without the orange...and I prefer adding the orange peel. I baked a few batches of big heart cookies for my daughter's 1st grade class's Valentine's party and I had a bunch of dough left over. So I made cute little mini heart cookies!!
Decorated with royal icing and heart sprinkles. My daughter helped me with the sprinkles. I used stiff royal icing to pipe the outline of the cookies and then flooded the middle with thinned out royal icing. I was doing alot of experimenting with consistencies, I'm still not good with figuring out if it's thin enough or thick enough. Lots of trial and error!!
And still trying to make all the cookies the same thickness or else you get browned or burnt ones in your batch. See that brown one in the stack??? Too thin on the pan!!
And because I love making treat bags, I presented the cookies like this:
I downloaded the image from Twig & Thistle. I then put the bags through my printer and printed the Valentine image on the front. Super easy!! Punched some holes in the top, added some ribbon and added the cookies. A fun way to give some Valentine treats!
I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's day with your family and friends! Thanks for stopping by for Sweet Sunday!