This recipe was shared by my long-time friend Sue Ann from NY. I have always loved her cookies, and now she’s given me her mother’s recipe. Instructions are also included for mincemeat cookies. I am excited!!
1/2 c. Milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Crisco
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven 375 ° F
. In mixer bowl, cream together sugar and Crisco. Add eggs and beat. Add milk and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder with a spoon. Slowly add to wet ingredients and mix until combined, do not over mix.
Flour pastry cloths, and flour well. Place half of dough on at a time, flour rolling pin and roll out dough about 1/4 inch in thickness. Flour cookie cutters by dipping cutters in flour on pastry cloth and being cutting out cookies.
NOTE: Sue Ann uses a pillow case instead of a pastry cloth. It’s dedicated for cooking only. She uses a large wood cutting board placed over her sink for easy cleanup.
Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet and bake until lightly browned around 15 to 18 mins. Once cooled ice and decorate. Sue Ann prefers buttercream frosting, but if you’d rather decorate with Royal icing, feel free. Have fun!
Using the above recipe for the cookie dough, cut dough with circle cookie cutters or a glass dipped in flour. Place mince meat on one half and fold it over. Press down along the edges with finger tips or a fork to seal. No need to use an egg wash or water.
Bake the cookies at 375° F until they begin to get light golden brown
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