Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Best Ever Roll Out Cookies

Several years ago a family lived here and went to our church.  He was a medical resident at a local hospital.  As things go in our church people come and go, regularly.  Before they moved away I had been to their house for a choral group practice.  It was around Halloween.  They had a really yummy tradition.  They had a wire "tree" by their front door and for every holiday/season they made roll out cookies to go with whatever was being celebrated.  They placed them in sandwich bags and hung them on the tree to give out to people that came over.  I love that idea but I think I would just eat them all and there would be nothing to share.  A few years ago I needed a good recipe for roll outs.  I tried a few and none of them compared to the ones that family made.  Now I only had the one cookie.  It really stayed with me.  It's that good!  I had mentioned it to a friend who was here when that family was here and she thought someone else we knew had the recipe.  She had just moved to Utah.  Let me just say it was SO worth the long distance phone call to get the recipe.

Roll Out Cookie

I've decided to share the recipe so everyone can enjoy it.  I was just asked by a preschool mom for the recipe.  She had a pumpkin shaped one I made for Kade's Thanksgiving feast.  I usually make a double batch because if I'm going to make them I have to make a lot.  Sometimes I do a triple batch.

Roll Out Cookies

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix the shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl.  Mix in dry ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.  Roll out to about 1/4" thick and cut with cookie cutters.  Bake at 400º for 6-8 minutes.  Cool completely and frost/decorate.

Some tips:

Keep an eye on the cookies.  Pull them out of the oven before or right as they are turning golden.  You want a white cookie.  They are soft.  Soft is good.

I also bake mine on a stone so if you have one I recommend it.  I do have to bake it longer the first time around, about 8-9 minutes.

I only use Duncan Hynes' Homestyle Vanilla Frosting.  It's the best.

If you have a hard cookie it does soften when it's been frosted and has sat for a while.

Sometimes I make the dough at night and don't get around to rolling the dough until some time the next day.  Sometimes I'll only make what I need from the dough and leave the rest in the refrigerater until I'm ready to make more.  Or until I'm craving them.

They are sweet enough to eat without frosting if you're watching your fat intake.



becca said...

ooh I have been looking for the perfect cookie recipe, and this looks like it might fit the bill. I am so bad at baking cookies, so I appreciate your tips! I will be sure to try these this season!!

kellymear said...

Great timing on this post- we're making them today!! The boys and I just whipped up the dough and we'll get the cookie cutters out after lunch when Ella is home. Thanks Kelly- I can't wait to taste them! :) (By the way, I've eaten enough of your cooking to completely trust your recommendation. . . . we miss having dinner with you guys! Come to AZ!!)

Janel said...

Are these your sugar cookies? Because if so, I will totally vouch for them. Yum, yum, yum. I ate some at your house one time and stopped by Martin's on the way home for some supplies to make my own! I never told you, because I didn't want to sound gluttonous. Oops. Too late.

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