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Saturday, March 17, 2012


Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! I made cookies for you. I'll share the family sugar cookie recipe and you can make some too. 
While I like fat chewy cookies loaded with extras, sometimes simple is just soooo good. There's nothing like a sugar cookie with a hot cup of something to dunk it in.
A couple of notes: we watch our fat and cholesterol around here, so I used Smart Balance instead of shortening. This gave them a slight tendency to stick, so I sprayed my cookie sheets with an organic canola oil.  Flour your rolling surface generously and divide the dough into quarters. It's easier to roll out that way.

Sift together:
1 1/2 c. flour
1/t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 c. sugar
Cut in: 
1/2 c. shortening
Blend in:
1 egg
2 t. milk
1 t. vanilla

Roll out on a floured board to about 1/16th  inch thickness. Cut with desired cookie cutters. place on ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake 6-8 minutes at 400 degrees. Yields 3-4 dozen depending on the thickness.

"May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night."
Irish Blessing

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