Not Just for Christmas Cookies

I thought I would try a-new-to-me Christmas cookie recipe I received last year from Dad and his “new” wife Patty.  While at the craft shop I picked up Orange gel concentrated food coloring and thought I would give it a whack.

Lately Orange has appealed to me in ways it never has before.  Its so fresh, bright, cheerful and orange-y!

Sugar Cookies:

3 cups Flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter flavor crisco or shortening

1/2 cup butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon almond extract

Mix all together the usual way, roll out, cut shapes, cook, cool and frost and decorate however you like.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Now as usual I modified the recipe which told me to use 1 cup of “ole” which is an old fashioned name for shortening.

I like real butter flavor, but I don’t like a crumbly cookies, so I went for half and half and they turned out nice and sturdy with plenty of butter-y flavor.

Then I split the two teaspoons of vanilla into 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of almond extract.  Feel free to restore it to its original 2 tsp of vanilla and no almond extract if you like.


About goodfruit

Just another crafty gal from the PNW. Baking, Cooking, Sewing, Handstitching, Spinning, Knitting, ATC's and Card Making, Uhmm...I won't bore you.

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