Rita’s Holiday Sugar Cookies

We don’t remember who Rita was, but we liked her sugar cookie recipe from Food Network in 2007. We especially liked that the recipe came with its own frosting, which we also thought was particularly good.  The dough has to be refrigerated for at least an hour before using.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 8 minutes

3/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Food coloring

2/3 cup unsalted butter
2 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
2-3 Tbsp. milk
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Food coloring

For cookies:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In a mixer, beat shortening until soft. Add sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually mix in the flour. Remove half of the dough, leaving the remaining in the mixer. Add a couple of drops of food coloring to the dough in the mixer, until the desired color is achieved and beat until combined. Form each half of the dough into disks and wrap in plastic film. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, at least 1 hour.

3. Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out cookies with cookie cutters. Transfer to an ungreased cookie sheet and bake until firm, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

For frosting: In a mixer, beat butter, sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. If frosting is too thick, add more milk, a very small amount at a time. Divide frosting into several small bowls. Add a different color of food coloring to the frosting in each bowl. Glaze each cookie with a different color frosting.

Makes 30 cookies.

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