Thursday, February 10, 2011

Recipe: Red Sparkled Sugar Cookies

Are there sweet people in your life that you want to present with a treat on Valentine's Day?
 May I suggest home made sugar cookies? The recipe is delicious and has been a family favorite for over 20 years. I will share a few tricks and the recipe will be printed at the end of this post.
 Use a scoop. I use one that holds a generous Tablespoon of dough. I push it into the side of the bowl and slide it up. Practice makes this process go quickly.
For Valentine Cookies I stir a Tablespoon of red colored sugar into 1/2 Cup of white sugar. You can add more or less colored sugar as you wish. I hand roll each cookie into a ball, then drop it into the sugar.
Each piece of cookie dough is rolled in sugar and placed on a cookie sheet.  I spray my pans with no stick spray. If the baked on build-up along the edges bothers you, use Crisco. But I've used these pans for about 20 years and my Grandma had them for years before that. Sometimes I take an SOS pad and shine the pans up as Grandma did each time she baked. It can be done, but seems like a waste of time to me. 
 I place 12 cookies of this size on each cookie sheet which is about standard half-sheet size.
Flatten the tops of the cookies a little with a glass dipped in sugar before you bake them. They really are the favorite of the kids who grew up in GriggsDakota.
And sure to bring a smile to your sweetie.

1 Cup powdered sugar
1 Cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
4 1/2 cups flour
1  tsp. salt
1  tsp. soda
1  tsp. cream of tartar
1  tsp. vanilla
1/2   tsp. almond extract
   Cream sugars, butter and oil until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs.  Add dry ingredients, then extracts.  Mix well.  Roll into small ball, drop into dish of sugar to cover surface, and flatten slightly with a glass.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until delicately browned.

1 comment:

  1. These look great! I love the old pictures you included as well.