Mom’s Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Before I tasted these, I didn’t much care for sugar cookies.

This is the archetypal Christmas cookie in our household. My spouse is the third generation of family bakers using this particular recipe. It simply is not Christmas time without it.

8 ½ cups flour

1 ½ cups shortening (melted)

3 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 ½ cups milk

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 pinch nutmeg

2 tablespoons vanilla 

Preheat oven to 375°F. 

Put all the flour in a very large bowl, and make a nest in the center. In a separate bowl, combine melted shortening, sugar, eggs, milk, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, and vanilla. Pour this mixture into the center of the nest and stir slowly only in the center. Use only the amount of flour needed to make a dough which is at a handling consistency. 

On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a ¼ inch thickness. Cut with your favorite cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheet, decorated with either colored sugar or  sprinkles, or any combination thereof.  Bake for 7 – 10 min. or until the cookies are a pale golden color. Makes 12 – 14 dozen cookies. 


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