Carla Howell's Sugar Cookies
Carla Howell's Sugar Cookies 

(A recipe with both baking powder and baking soda!)
     

Our good friend Carla Howell tried her family's traditional sugar cookie
recipe with our cookie stamps and below are the spectacular results!


          


Shown above: #416 – Snow Star,
#420 – Holly Sprig (2)#368 – Nativity

Ingredients

cookie stamp(s)
vegetable oil or olive oil for seasoning stamps
7 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup lard or shortening
2 eggs beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup sour milk (1 cup milk mixed with 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice) or buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
powdered sugar for glaze
food coloring for glaze


Method

Mix all dry ingredients and set aside.

In large mixing bowl, cream together shortening, eggs, and sugar. 


Add sour milk and vanilla. 
   

Slowly add dry ingredients. Mixture will be thick.


Roll dough into 3/4-inch to 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
     

Press down with oiled cookie stamp almost clear through the dough. Brush oil on the cookie stamp after pressing each cookie to prevent the dough from sticking to the stamp.


Bake at 350 degrees F. on middle rack in oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. If the designs melt away in the oven because the cookies puff up too much, try adding more flour to your dough, and be sure to make small balls, then press clear down to the cookie sheet with the stamp. 


Cool for 10-20 minutes before decorating.


Mix some powdered sugar with water to make a glaze. Then add food coloring. Apply glaze with a paint brush.
     

 You can use Betty Crocker's Easy Writer food-safe pens to decorate your cookies. Carla added a little water on a paint brush to lighten the green on the lower leaves of the rosebud.
     

     



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