soft baked sugar cookies


*For the Cookie, you’ll need:
2/3 C. Shortening
2/3 C. Butter, softened
1 1/2 C. White Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Tsp. Bourbon Vanilla Extract
Seeds from 1 Vanilla Bean
3 1/2 C. All-Purpose Flour
2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp. Salt

*For the Buttercream Frosting, you’ll need:
1 stick of Butter, slightly softened
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 pound Powdered Sugar
5 Tbsp. milk

*For the Cookie:
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a large bowl, mix together shortening, butter, and sugar. Once mixed, stir in eggs, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean seeds. Then stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix together until dough is mixed together.
6. Roll dough into balls, size depends on how small or large you want your cookies. Slightly flatten then place onto cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart from each other.
7. Bake 10-14 minutes. Time will depend on the size of your cookies. You will bake until bottom is light brown.
8. Remove from baking sheet and allow to cool before applying frosting.

*For the Frosting:
1. In a large bowl, with a fork, mix together softened butter, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Gradually mix in milk with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff.
2. Spread on top of COOLED cookie.

Makes Approximately 25 Medium-Sized Cookies.
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