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Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies Recipe

Simple sugar cookies

Ingredients

2 cups sugar


1 cup vegetable shortening


3 eggs


1 cup sour cream


2 teaspoons almond extract


6 cups all-purpose flour


1 1/2 tsp baking soda


colored sugars, jimmies, non-pareils or dragées (optional)


decorating icing (optional)

Method

In a mixing bowl, beat together sugar and shortening until light and fluffy.

Stir in eggs,

sour cream and almond extract; beat well.
In another bowl, stir together flour

and baking

soda. Stir flour mixture into shortening mixture until well combined. If necessary,

add

enough extra flour so that the dough forms a ball.
Divide dough into 4 parts.

Wrap each

part in plastic wrap and chill about 2 hours.
Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Roll out

to 1/4-inch

thickness between two sheets of waxed paper. Cut into desired shapes with cookie

cutters.


Place on ungreased cookie sheet. If desired, decorate with colored sugars, jimmies,

or

dragées. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges of cookies are golden. Allow

to cool one minute

on cookie sheets and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
If cookies

were not

decorated before baking, decorate with icing.
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