Sugar Cookies

Kids seem to never tire of making sugar cookies – or at least they never tire of decorating him. I like this recipe because they don’t require icing but can easily be decorating with all the different colored sugars.

1-1/4 cups shortening
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon lemon extract
4-1/2 cups flour
1 cup soy milk mixed with 1 teaspoon vinegar

Cream shortening with sugar, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg. Beat in eggs, vanilla and lemon extract until well combined. Alternately add flour and soy milk-vinegar combination, beginning and ending with the flour. Cover and chill for 3 hours. Divide dough in half and roll until about ½-inch think. Cut into rounds with a 2-1/2 inch cookie cutter – or even easier, just use a glass turned upside-down. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with decorative sugar. Bake for about 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

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