Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Great Grandma's Cut-Out Cookies

Every Christmas as far back as i can remember, my family has always made these cookies. Even though my sister really dislikes them, i freaking love them and eat about half the batch within a few hours. My great-grandma made these cookies with very few ingredients, common to most depression era recipes. Plus they were perfect for my mom who was allergic to eggs when she was little. My favorite part of making these cookies was always decorating them and individually placing the sprinkles, adding even more fuel to my sister's opposition to the cookies.


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sour milk* or butter milk
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • My Decorating Skillz
  • 4 cups flour
Cream shortening and sugar together (it is handy to leave the shortening out for a bit before starting the recipe to let it soften)
Mix baking soda into the milk 
Add your milk and baking soda concoction to the shortening and sugar
Mix in nutmeg and as much flour as you can.
If you have added too much flour and your dough isn't sticking together, add a splash or two of milk. 
Roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters
Bake  for 12 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit 
Mom's (note the crime scene gingerbread men)

*Sour milk can be made from milk and 1 Tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice

Happy Dough Punching! 

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