Every year, my mom and I used to get together and make Valentine's cookies for her children's choir at church. Well...since my parents moved to TN, i can't exactly just drop by to make cookies. But I still wanted to continue the cookie tradition AND Mama had given me some Valentine's cookie cutters. SO, I decided to go in search of a good sugar cookie recipe (the one I used at Christmas was not so good) and make some cookies for my medical school class. Well, I found the perfect recipe. My classmates enjoyed the cookies as did my M1 buddies. What better than a Valentine's cookie to break the bore of a neuropathology lecture!? Sugar Cookies from The Cookie Bible
1 cup butter flavor shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4-5 cups AP flour (I used 4 1/2)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
Cream shortening and sugars together until well mixed. Add milk. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla. Mix dry ingredients together. Add to creamed mixture slowly. Wrap in saran wrap and chill for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Divide dough into manageable portions. Flour your working surface. Flour the top of the dough and the rolling pin. Roll the dough until 1/2 inch thick. use cookie cutters or a biscuit cutter to make cookie shapes. Place on cookie pan and put in oven. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until slightly browned.
To decorate you can sprinkle with colored sugar prior to baking or spread with icing after they have cooled. Above all...enjoy and share with someone you love!