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Easter Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Easter Sugar Cookie CutoutsThe Easter bunny will be hopping to your houses to get some of these classic sugar cookies in seasonal shapes.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/3 cup vegetable shortening
1/3 cup butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash salt
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Milk
Desired food coloring

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat the shortening and butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or until softened. Add about half of the flour. Then add the granulated sugar, egg, milk, baking powder, the 1 teaspoon vanilla, and salt.
  2. Beat until thoroughly combined, scraping the sides of bowl occasionally. Beat or stir in the remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 3 hours or until dough is easy to handle. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half of the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using 2-1/2-inch cutters, cut dough into desired shapes. Place 1-inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake in a 375°F (190°C) oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until the bottoms are very lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute. Remove cookies and cool on wire racks.
  4. If desired, decorate cookies with Powdered Sugar Icing. In a small mixing bowl stir together sifted powdered sugar,1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and enough milk (about 1 tablespoon) to make a drizzling or piping consistency. If desired, color with food coloring.

Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/42 of recipe): calories: 62, total fat: 3g, saturated fat: 1g, cholesterol: 5mg, sodium: 28mg, carbohydrate: 8g

Recipe provided by Better Homes and Gardens - BHG.com a member of the Home and Family Network for the best of cooking, gardening, decorating and more. © 2003 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.