Christmas Sugar Cookies
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup (heaping full) sugar (plus sugar to sprinkle prior to baking)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon (heaping full) vanilla extract
  • Green and red decorative sugars & various other decorations
  1. Mix together salt and baking powder. Sift salt and baking powder mixture together with flour. Mix in shortening and sugar with the flour mixture. Beat in egg, making sure the mixture is fully mixed. Add the vanilla and stir well. Roll mixture into a log, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for a few hours. When ready to decorate, remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll out on a flat working surface. Allow children to cut dough using Christmas cookie cutters, place on ungreased cookie sheet and decorate cookies with decorative sugars. Sprinkle a little sugar on each cookie prior to baking. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 7-10 minutes. Cool before removing from cooking sheet. Store in air tight container.