Valentine Sugar Cookies {Recipes}

Last year, I tried my hand at making some pink mini ombre cakes.  They weren't a huge success, but I managed to salvage a few.  You can see them in this post., if you're new to my blog.

This year, I was in the mood for sugar cookies.  Nothing like shortening, white flour, sugar and lots of red food coloring to get us all hopped up.  So, last weekend, I made some sugar cookies, but never got them frosted.  Then I ate about a dozen of them during the week (oops).  The kids didn't want to eat any until they got frosted.  I know?  Strange.
Olivia and I finally got them frosted Wednesday night.  It didn't take too long, since I had eaten so many of them already. ;)
I got my sugar cookie recipe from my Mom.  They're called, "Ethel's Sugar Cookies."  I asked her who Ethel was.  She had no idea and couldn't remember where she got the recipe. Whoever you are, Ethel, thanks for the recipe!  Now, I'll share it with you.

>>>Ethel's Sugar Cookie Recipe<<<

3/4 Cup shortening
1 Cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
21/2 Cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp.salt

Preheat oven to 350 degress.  Cream the shortening, sugar and vanilla together with a mixer until smooth.  Add the eggs and mix until combined.  Shift the flour, baking powder and salt together and add to the shortening mixture.  Form into a ball, cover and refrigerate for an hour.  Divide the dough, roll out to about 1/4 of an inch thick and cut out desired shapes.  Bake for 10-12 minutes on cookie sheet with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray.  Let cool before frosting.

>>>Powdered Sugar Icing<<<

1 Cup powdered sugar
1-2 Tablespoons of milk
(you can also use 1/2 tsp. of vanilla, but I don't like to when I'm making white icing because it makes less bright white)

Add milk to powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time and mix until smooth.  I like to leave mine kind of thick for icing cookies.
If you don't already know how to get the marbled effect that we did on these heart cookies.  There's a really good tutorial here.

Hope you have a happy Valentine's Day and a great weekend.

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  1. These are so lovely! My sugar cookies never look this delicious... maybe I should give ole' Ethel's recipe a try! =) Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. These look SO GOOD. I use the same delay-the-frosting tactic with my kids so I can shove more into my mouth :) Happy Valentine's Day!


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