No Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Recipe
Makes 2 Dozen
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Shortening
1/4 Cup Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
3. Mix shortening, butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla together until smooth.
4. Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, a little bit at a time until a cookie dough ball forms.
5. Chill dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
6. Knead and roll dough to 1/8" thick. Cut out shapes and place them on a baking sheet, leaving room between each shape for expansion.
7. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
1 lb or 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 Egg Whites - or- 5 Tbsp Meringue Powder
1/2 Cup Water
1. Mix all ingredients together, adding a bit less than the 1/2 Cup of water. Mix until icing is smooth and slightly holds it's shape.
2. Divide icing if you are planning on using multiple colors. Add coloring to each of the portions of icing and mix until the color is completely incorporated in each bowl of icing.
3. Remove a portion of this thicker icing for the piping details.
4. Add the remainder of the water to the rest of the icing. If you have divided your icing to create several colors, you will need to divide the remaining water between the various bowls of icing. Mix until smooth to create a thin, flowing icing. You may need to add even more than the 1/2 cup of water but only add a little bit at a time as a little bit of water goes a long way in thinning out the icing. This thinner icing is used to flood the area inside the wall that you create with the thicker piping icing.
5. Pipe the details of the cookie with the thicker icing to create a wall. Flood the inside of the walls with the thinner frosting. Gently tap the cookie against your work surface to release any air bubbles.
6. If you add details with a second color to wet icing, the colors with meld together and create a smooth surface as you see in the cookies in the background in the picture above. If you want the details to be raised, let the base icing color dry before adding your details as you see in the cookie in the forefront.
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