So every family has a cutout recipe they swear by, I am sure. But I have tasted a lot of cutouts, and none compare with my mom's. They are sooo good! We use a butter cream icing. These are not for the faint of heart. There will be casualties while baking, and the sacrifice you must pay is eating those that have given themselves so freely for your consumption. Now, just try them. If you don't want to make them at Christmas, try them at least on another occasion. Make some hearts for your sweetheart on Valentine's day, or some shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day. But try them! This recipe is doubled already so it will make a lot. You can half it if you don't want as many. Enjoy the best cut out sugar cookie there is!
- 6 cups AP flour
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 cups softened butter (4 sticks)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 eggs
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla ext.
Sift dry ingredients (or mix in mixer) add butter mix until incorporated (or w/ fork). Add eggs and vanilla.
Mix until incorporated well, but don't over mix. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Roll out to scant 1/4" thick. Cut out with favorite shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Do not over bake. Bake until just set, not browned at all and remove to cooling rack immediately. Will be very fragile but will firm up as they sit.
CUT OUT FROSTING
1/2 c. vegetable shortening
2 lbs. powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
Mix butter and vegetable shortening until blended well. Add extracts to milk. Add sugar and mix on low, adding milk slowly. Mix until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Frost and cover with sprinkles.