Monday, February 14, 2011

Best Sugar Cookies Ever

If I hadn't had that amazing Tornado Birthday Cake to blog about last week, I would have had this recipe up before Valentine's Day. As it is, if you are reading this early, you still have time to make these fantastic cookies to give to family and friends for Valentine's Day. 

 The Cookie Decorator

These are the best sugar cookies I've ever eaten. My friend Beth's mother got the recipe from her next-door neighbor years ago. It's definitely a recipe that's stood the test of time. I love them really lemony, so when I made this double batch, I used an entire lemon, peel and all.

 Just one of these lemons, not all three. :-)

Mrs. Kennedy's Sugar Cookies: 

1 c. butter, 1/2 c. shortening
2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 lemon, peel and all, cut in chunks and chopt fine in the food processor

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and lemon. Mix well.

Add dry ingredients:
6 c. flour (a little less or a little more as needed to make a good dough)
3/4 t. salt
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1/3 c. milk

Mix well.
Roll out dough on floured countertop to almost 1/4 inch thick.
Cut with cookie cutters. (This was our grandson's favorite part!)
Place on heavy, greased, jellyroll pans.
Bake at 375 degrees for 11 minutes or til ever-so-slightly golden at edges. Do not overbake.
Let cool on pans, then remove.

Oops, I see that someone is going to have a broken heart!
This is the portion that was eaten before we ever got to the decorating part.

On the right is my Valentine Cookie Helper
He and his grandpa made great Valentine Cookie Testers

 My cookie decorator going outdoors after all that hard cookie work

Sledding with Grandpa

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!!


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Unknown said...

Interesting...using the entire lemon... I'm gonna have to give this a shot. I do love me some sugar cookies!!

Midwest to Midlands said...

Sounds great and what a good helper for a big batch of cookies. You still have a lot of snow but hopefully it will be gone soon. Enjoyed your post on Ironbridge. Did you have time to go to the Victorian Village there? Very interesting too. Happy Valentine's!

Caution/Lisa said...

A lemon sugar cookie!! That sounds wonderful. You are going to teach me to be a better baker yet!

Rachel said...

The cookies look good! Those pictures are adorable!! What a cutie!! Looks like they had fun!


Yenta Mary said...

I love them!!! And I particularly like a recipe that is not only fun for kids to make, but which doesn't require chilling the dough beforehand (which, of course, makes it still more kid-friendly so they don't get impatient!) ... :)

Judy S. said...

Sounds like another yummy recipe, Judy. Thanks! Looks like you got some more snow?

Unknown said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

partialemptynester said...

OMGoodness, yummm! How great to have a cookie decorator around...and what fun the after party in the snow looks!

Denise said...

I love the pictures, and the cookies sound delicious. Happy Valentine's Day sweet friend, love you.

George The Lad said...

The Cookies look good ;)
Happy Valentines Day to all of you
Love and Hugs George xxx

Unknown said...

Those look pretty darned good, and I LOVE the idea of using a whole lemon for flavor! Happy Valentine's Day!

Michelle said...

Oh, yum! I love the idea of adding lemon. I'll have to try that next time we make sugar cookies. What a cute little cookie helper you had! Very sweet memories in the making!

Empty Nester said...

Thanks for posting the recipe...DD3 has been looking for a good sugar cookie recipe!

Tiffanee said...

Oh how I love a good sugar cookie!! This one looks and sounds delish!! You cookie testers looked like they were having a great time!!

Linda... said...

Saw this too late for Valentine's Day itself, but I think I'll make them net week when I'm with my grand daughter again. Valentines are always great! Thanks for sharing.

Lazy Budget Chef said...

The lemon is an interesting addition. I'll have to try it. I never met a sugar cookie I didn't like.

annies home said...

the sugar cookies look great and sound amazing the winter fun pictures look fun as well

J_on_tour said...

The cookie decorator looks like he has something to hide !! .... as it doesn't look like that it was the element of surprise from the camera.


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