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Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies


After the children finished playing in the slimy pumpkin goo last week, they washed their hands and got ready to “paint” (frost) the sugar cookies that we had rolled out, cut, and baked earlier in the day – a mess of a different kind. Here is the recipe I use for Sugar Cookies – I think I got the cookie recipe from my Mom, but I wrote down the frosting recipe so many years ago, I don’t have any idea where I got it –

Sugar Cookies

1 1/3 cups shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
8 tsp. milk

Thoroughly cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, mix thoroughly. Sift dry ingredients (I just stir them together), stir into creamed mixture along with milk. Divide dough into 4 round portions and wrap separately in waxed paper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Working with one round at a time, roll out on floured surface. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen cookies (depending on what size cookie cutters you use!)

Cookie Frosting

2/3 cup shortening
4 cups (1 lb.) powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2-3 Tablespoons milk
Food Coloring

In medium bowl, cream shortening. Add sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to make decorating consistency. Beat until smooth and well blended. If necessary, thin with a few drops of milk. Divide into bowls, coloring as desired. Makes about 3 cups.

I use this same recipe all year round for different holidays – Christmas, Valentine’s, etc. For our Thanksgiving cookies, we decided on 5 different colors of frosting this time around – the colors of Fall –


Here are some pictures of the children hard at work –





As usual, David can’t wait to sample them!

Here are some of the results of their artistic endeavors –






Jeff couldn’t resist – he thought some of the leaf cookies looked like Christmas trees, so he decorated one as such – which started a trend around the table, which you may have noticed in some of the pictures.

After they were all finished painting the cookies, they, of course, had to eat a few – but it’s really hard to eat your masterpieces too soon, when you’ve worked so hard on them, so they saved their favorites to eat later – the next day. These cookies weren’t around here for very long – totally typical.

Have a lovely evening!



One Response

  1. Looks like all had a grand time decorating the cookies! 🙂

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