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??
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.
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!