Saturday, November 26, 2016

Classic Sugar Cookies

It's officially Christmas Season! WOOOOO.
 Seriously I'm pumped. After I changed into my emergency yoga pants after Thanksgiving dinner (absolutely necessary and highly recommended), I promptly switched the radio to Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" in anticipation for my favorite holiday ever. 

This year Clay & I decided to head to Florida the week before Christmas. He claims it's to "de-stress and relax",  I claim that I want to be the most tan at our family gatherings. Either way, there's a slight problem with our departure: that's usually the prime time that i'm frantically making cookies, fudge, cakes, etc. all the while trying to wrap everyones presents and deeming the chaotic process as festive. Therefore, to not feel like i've missed out, I've dedicated the next three weeks to producing massive amounts of baked goods. I'll still save the present wrapping until last minute because what's a holiday without some mild to severe panicking? 

These sugar cookies were the perfect initiation for my baking extravaganza. I knew I needed something fool proof after the disastrous baking episode in my kitchen a couple of mornings ago. Nothing worked out like it was supposed to and I honestly don't think I can look at pie dough until next November. The cookies are from an old passed down recipe that couldn't get any easier. They're pretty, they're fast, and they totally melt in your mouth. Plus, they taste like heaven when dipped in hot chocolate (or maybe some nutella, because who's judging?). 

3 c flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1 c shortening
2 eggs
1 c sugar + more for dipping glass
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven 350F.
Combine sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla until fluffy. Whisk flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Roll into balls (tablespoon size). Place on greased cookie sheet and flatten with glass tumbler dipped in sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes. 

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