Sugar Cookies

From The Culinary Couple | Source Grandma Motz

Ingredients for Cookies

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup lard
  • 4 cups Wondra flour plus more for rolling (Wondra flour is finely ground and produces a lighter cookie; you may substitute cake flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cap full of vanilla
  • sugar for sprinkling

Ingredients for Icing

  • 3 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 Tbsp coffee (to cut the sweetness)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Knead together sugar, lard, flour, baking powder, salt, and buttermilk.
  2. Make a hole in the center of the dough, and pour eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla into it. Stir to combine.
  3. Chill dough overnight.
  4. Flour a work surface, your hands, and a rolling pin with Wondra flour. Roll dough until it’s about 1/4- inch thick.
  5. Use cookie cutters to make festive shapes, then place dough onto a baking sheet (preferably a baking stone). Sprinkle some with sugar, and leave others for icing.
  6. Bake at 400°F for about 8 minutes.
  7. Beat together ingredients for icing and add food coloring, if you like. Spread onto cookies, or use a piping bag to decorate them.
  8. Store cookies in an airtight container.

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