The origin of this recipe is a bakery where I worked in the 1980’s. As part of the employment agreement I had to sign a waiver that I would not share any of the recipes or use them for personal gain. The bakery closed almost 30 years ago so I am probably safe from litigation.
This recipe has only 3 ingredients and it is super easy to make. You just dump all the ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand. Literally, you mix by hand until it feels like playdough.
Roll out, cut out shapes and bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes. Decorate or not, it’s up to you. If my memory is correct, at the bakery we piped a blob of icing in the center after cooling and added a piece of cherry.
Here are the 3 ingredients
- 1 lb unsalted butter ( I have used salted butter , it’s fine)
- 1.5 cups icing sugar
- 3 cups flour ( you might have to add more to roll it out)
I like sugar on my sugar so I make icing and decorate the cookies. This is what I put in my icing. Just mix it all up with electric mixer, add color as desired and put on top of cookies. It is also delicious on cake.
- 7 cups Icing Sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 dash moonshine vanilla ( If you don’t have moonshine vanilla than any pure vanilla will do
Editor’s note: You can make your own vanilla by putting vanilla beans in any alcohol and letting them infuse for several weeks. Vodka is a good choice because it has a neutral flavor. I use moonshine because it is plentiful and cheap. You can consider this a bonus recipe, a recipe hidden within a recipe..
My biggest reason for posting this recipe is that I am tired of looking it up and writing it out to share with family / friends. Now I can just send them this link. You can expect to see more recipes here over the next little while.