Gram’s Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies always bring back nostalgic memories of Christmases spent with my grandma in Pennsylvania.  She had to have spent weeks preparing for our trips, as her house was filled with more goodies than a young mind can imagine.  I remember eating dozens of these cookies each visit, convinced that there were no other sugar cookies that could compare.  They are soft and sweet, but not overly so and when paired with frosting they are perfect!  The recipe makes a lot of cookies, but unfrosted ones can last weeks in the freezer. So, in the spirit of Christmas:

photo-7Gram’s Sugar Cookies
~1 cup brown sugar
~1 cup white sugar
~1 cup Crisco
~1 tsp vanilla
~1 tsp lemon flavoring
~2 eggs
~5 cups of flour
~2 tsp baking powder
~1 tsp salt
~1 tsp nutmeg
~1 cup buttermilk
~1 tsp baking soda

Mix together the butter, sugars, vanilla, and lemon flavoring.  Then add the 2 eggs.  In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.  Finally, mix together the cup of buttermilk with the tsp of baking soda.  To the sugar mixture add alternately the buttermilk mixture and the flour mixture until it is all mixed together.  Refrigerate overnight.  The next day, preheat the oven to 350.  Roll out the dough on a floured board, cut into shapes, and bake for 9-11 minutes.  The cookies will be evenly cooked, but should not be browned.

I would recommend tackling cutting out the cookies one day and frosting another day, as it makes about 5 dozen cookies.  We usually use the frosting recipe on the back of a powdered sugar box.  It is delicious and adds just the right amount of sweetness!

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