Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine Sugar Cookies

When I was young my mom made us Sugar cookies for Valentines Day. We didn't get presents or toys or any other trinket. My parents didn't have a lot of money, so that was one thing my Mom could do on a budget.

Now, to me, Valentines Day means Sugar Cookies. The recipe my mom used was from a family friend, and they got the recipe from their ancestors that came across the plains (Mormon Pioneers).



 Hmm...Who made that mess??
Hmm...Evidence?


 I roll mine out to be about 1/4 inch deep, They will double in thickness when you cook them.
 All my little trophies waiting to be dressed
 I don't like the way the color of the frosting turned out, it is to orange/salmon, not the red or pink I was shooting for. I put SO much Red food coloring in it and it just never made it there.



 Red Hots are a MUST at our house on these cookies. They make the cookies 100 times better!

Pioneer Sugar Cookies
4 C. Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
4 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 C. Sugar
1 C Shortening
Mix dry ingredients above and then cut in shortening. Set aside.
4 Eggs
1 C. Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 C. Flour
In separate bowl mix eggs, milk and vanilla together and then add Flour/Shortening mixture from above. Once this is mixed together start adding the 3 cups of flour ½ cup at a time (I do this part in my Kitchenaid with the dough hook) until it’s the consistency of biscuits. Flour a surface and roll out to about ¼ to ½ inch thick and cut. These cookies will grow twice as fat. Put on cookie sheets and cook in a 350 degree oven. Cook for about 10-12 (I actually only cooked mine 9 minutes this year) minutes depending on the oven. These cookies are a very cakelike cookie so if they aren’t cooked long enough they will fall in the middle. You can test with a toothpick or I just open one up from the first batch to see if they are done.
This makes a TON of cookies! I half the recipe if I’m making for just my family or do the whole recipe if you are making for many people.
I have never had a better Sugar Cookie in my life...Try them out and let me know what you think??

Happy Valentines Day! 

8 comments:

spaghettichic said...

Can't wait to try these!

Caroline

too Blessed to Stress said...

Looks so good! great tip on the thickness... I may just try these out tonight!!!

~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

Shine said...

Love your blog....very sweet...thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe~~~Shine

Aimee said...

love all the sprinkles! Very cute.

Lisa said...

My mouth is watering! Thanks for the post!

jandjhome said...

These look delicious. By the way, I love your header. That picture is adorable.

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

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It's a Crafty Life said...

Sugar cookies sure do take a lot of effort, but they are so worth it in the end, aren't they? Yours turned out beautifully!

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