Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Grandma Darling's Sugar Cookies

A friend is sharing family recipes today in honor of the holidays. My absolute favorite is my granny's carrot cake, but we have decided to keep that a secret. :) However, my great-grandmother had a fantastic recipe for sugar cookies that we make year round. Frost them or not is your preference. If you frost, simply use the recipe on the back of the powdered sugar and color according to the holiday or event. Enjoy!

Grandma Darling's Sugar Cookies

2/3 Cup butter (or margarine)
3/4 Cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel*
2 Cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons milk

Cream sugar and butter; add egg. Beat until mixture is light and fluffy. Add vanilla and orange peel. Mix thouroughly. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk. Divide in half, and chill one hour. Keep 1/2 chilled while you the other to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut and bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Watch carefully for a light brown around the edges.

*Fresh orange peel is best, but you can substitute dried orange zest.

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