Ethel's Sugar Cookies
Yield: Makes about 4 dozen.
This is the recipe -- originally borrowed from the Betty Crocker Cookie Book -- Phyllis uses to make the Christmas cookies that Blaine House sends to the 1,000 Augusta-area Head Start children each year. She multiplies the recipe as needed in several big batches; then, as time permits, bakes up what she can. Another staff member decorates the cookies, after which they are hidden so that the staff and who knows, maybe even the governor -- can't find them before Christmas.
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- 3/4 cup shortening (part butter)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon flavoring or 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2-1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt