I know Valentines Day was 2 days ago and I should have posted this ahead of time, but this is a recipe you can make anytime, for any holiday (Easter is coming up). All you have to do is just switch out the cookie cutters and decorations. I happen to like making this recipe with my kids on Valentines Day and let them decorate cookies and have fun.
soft and fluffy and melt in your mouth sooooooo good! The fact that they are topped off with Cream Cheese Frosting makes these cookies the best!
I've known this recipe from my childhood. The recipe comes from my Grandma Carmen, my dads mom, whom my mom's cooking never seemed to live up to (men). My Grandma Carmen is no longer with us so I'd like to share her recipe in memory of her.
Best Ever Sugar Cookies
by: Carmen Nielson
1/2 cup butter flavored crisco
1 cup sugar
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
Cream shortening with sugar add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients alternating with the milk to the shortening and sugar. Once all ingredients are well mixed, put cookie dough in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Once the cookie dough is nice and chill, flour your surface and roll cookie dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and bake @ 375 degrees for 9 minutes.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
In a bowl, beat together cream cheese, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar half a cup at a time, beating well until combined. Separate the frosting and add food color to desired colors.
** This recipe makes about 3-4 dozen cookies depending on your cookie cutter size. I was able to get about 4 dozen with this batch because my heart cookie cutter wasn't that big.
The best part is watching your kiddos decorate and enjoy their tasty treat!