Thursday, January 5, 2012

From Megan's Kitchen
Checkerboard cookies make a fun everyday treat,
A yummy one that's simply hard to beat.
They're easy and quick you can make them fast,
Or have your kids do it, they'll have a blast.

Drop Sugar Cookies
3-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter
1-1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla

In a small bowl, whisk together: flour, baking powder and salt. I a separate bowl, cream together shortening, butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until fluffy. Add flour mixture and mix just until blended. Add it a little at a time and don't let the dough get too dry and stiff.  Roll the dough into balls and then roll them in sugar. Place them on a cookie sheet and smash them down to about 3/4 inch with your hand. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake. (I always prefer to underbake my cookies and then let the makes them so soft and yummy.

3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1-2 tsp. whipping cream (you can use milk instead)

In a standing mixer whisk together sugar and butter. Mix on low until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency. 

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