I am sharing this again because I am making these again for my kids for Valentine's Day. They are my very favorite Sugar Cookie (although Otis Spunkmeyer's Butter Sugar Cookies are a close second). This recipe is halved from the original (shared here) and I added vanilla and butter.
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Amy’s Auntie’s Sugar Cookies – Famous Mormon Recipes - Adapted by Amy W
3 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter (room temp.)
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs beaten
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening and butter. Stir in sugar.
In a separate bowl, mix milk, eggs and vanilla. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture. (If dough is too dry, add milk 1 TBSP at a time.)
Roll dough onto floured surface and cut out shapes (1/4” thick dough works best). Place on un-greased cookie sheet (or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper) and sprinkle with sugar, (omit this step if decorating with frosting). Bake 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
*These bake up soft and light at 1/4" thick.
The thinner you roll them, the crispier they will be.
I use the Wilton's Buttercream Frosting Recipe when I frost these cookies.