|From halloween sugar cookies 2009|
My paternal grandmother, Olive, died when I was quite young so I have few real memories of her. The strongest, most significant "mem
ory" I have of her isn't a memory at all but rather a smell. The smell of sugar cookies. I can feel being in her kitchen and standing next to her while she baked them - I don't remember what she looked or the set up the kitchen but I have feelings of love, safety and joy when ever I smell these cookies. I hope you enjoy them.
Olive's Sugar Cookies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla (I use McCormicks)
- 2.5 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In bowl; whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to combine. Set aside.
- In another large bowl beat butter and shortening
- Beat in sugars until light and fairly fluffy
- Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Mix in flour mixture.
- Divide dough in half; flatten each slightly.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
- On lightly floured surface, roll out dough, 1 piece at a time, to 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness
- Using 3-inch (8 cm) cookie cutters, cut out shapes.
- Press scraps together to reroll.
- Bake in centre of oven for about 12-14 minutes or until light golden on bottom and edges.
- Let cool for 1 minute on baking sheets.
- Transfer to racks; let cool completely.
- Decorate as you like.