Sugar Cookie Traditions

unnamed (1) Valentine’s Day just passed and we had another occasion to make our family’s favorite cookies. This recipe was passed down from my great-aunt. I have made countless dozens of these cookies over the years for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day and just about every other holiday you can think of.

The kids’ involvement in every part of the process is the best part of this tradition. They started at a young age helping to make the dough, cut out the shapes, bake and decorate. My kids are grown now and are carrying on the tradition. Hopefully, one day there will be grandkids to start the cycle again!


2/3 c. shortening
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
4 tsp. milk
2 c. sifted flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla. Add egg and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in milk. Sift together dry ingredients. Blend into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. Chill at least one hour. Roll out to 1/8″ thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from pan. Makes 2 dozen cookies. (I almost always double this recipe because they get gobbled up so fast.)

-From the kitchen of Paddy Wainright.

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