I made zero changes to this recipe. I used a cookie scoop to get uniform balls. The base cookie isn't very sweet, but is balanced nicely with the icing. You could easily change up the extracts if you wanted to. Thank you so much to Weda M for the recipe!
* Exported from MasterCook *
Tender Italian Sugar Cookies
3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter -- melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
Food coloring and coarse sugar -- optional
In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Shape dough into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
For icing, in a small bowl, combine the milk, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Tint with food coloring if desired. Dip the tops of cookies in icing; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Tender Italian Sugar Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p11
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