While we usually don’t pay much attention to Valentine’s day, it was still a good excuse to make some festive treats. I vividly remember enjoying sugar cookies as a child, but often found they were a bit to crunchy, versus soft and chewy the way I prefer cookies. This recipe below, found here, balances the traditional sugar cookies taste, but with a much softer texture.
Just having these around the house actually makes me feel a little more festive for Valentine’s day, and it has also given me some ideas for another “red” themed treat to make this weekend. Happy Friday!
You will need:
- 2/3 cup shortening
- 2/3 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration (or more if you like!)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, shortening and sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, stir into the creamed mixture until dough comes together.
- Roll dough out on parchment paper and use cookie cutter to shape cookies . Place them on an unprepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until bottom is light brown. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.