I usually frost these cookies with white icing. But on occasion I add red food coloring for a pretty appearance. You can add just a drop for pale pink or more for a deeper color.
This recipe is handed down from my Mom, she baked these cookies often. My mother in law also baked them for church bake sales and said they sold better if they had pink icing on them. So to test that theory I tried that at my next garage/bake sale. I had some with white icing and some with pink and she was right! The ones with pink icing sold first!
Now I'm off to deliver cookies to my family!
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 4 cups flour
- 41/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cream shortening and sugar, add eggs, vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir in alternately with the buttermilk into the creamed mixture until it forms a soft ball. It may still be a bit sticky but that's okay, cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in fridge for an hour or more. This way the dough is easier to handle and you don't need to use as much flour to roll out your dough.
- Roll out to thickness desired, approx 1/4". Cut with cookie cutter and place on parchment lined baking sheets.
- Bake at 375º for 9 min. Once cookies are cooled frost them with icing.
- Icing..mix icing sugar, softened butter, vanilla, red food coloring and milk till spreading consistency.
- Yield: approx 5 doz.