So I realize this post is a little late. I mean, who’s gonna make cookies at 11pm on Feb 14th? I made these a few days ago, after getting the recipe from my mom. She warned me it makes a lot of cookies, but I didn’t listen, reasoning that I really like cookies, so lots of cookies would be a good thing. Well…..10 dozen is a lot of cookies. But they freeze well, my neighbors like them (or they didn’t give them back at least) and my coworkers like them too. And I’ve been eating more cookies than I care to admit over the course of the week. And they’re super yummy.
So here’s the recipe, if you dare:
Preheat oven to 400F. Mix 1 tsp. baking soda into 1 cup sour milk (or add a little lemon juice to regular milk to thicken it a bit) and set aside. I used almond milk with a little lemon juice, and it worked just fine. Cream 1 cup shortening and 2 cups sugar together. Add 2 eggs, milk mixture, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp almond extract and mix well. Gradually add 5-6 cups of flour. I used whole wheat flour, and it worked fine. Add enough flour so the dough is smooth and not too sticky. You may need to add as much as 7 cups. I stopped counting at 5 and just kept sprinkling it on until the dough was the right texture to work with. Lightly flour a countertop area or other large surface and place a ball of dough on it. (I rolled the dough out in batches since there was so much of it.) Flatten and lightly flour the dough and roll it out with a rolling pin to desired thickness. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter (or the bottom of a soup can if you don’t have cookie cutters) and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 4-5 minutes.
For the icing, mix 1/3 cup softened butter, 3 cups powdered sugar, 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk (I used almond milk). Beat until smooth. To achieve desired thickness, you may need to add a bit more powdered sugar, or more milk if it’s too thick. Add a few spoonfuls of strawberry jam to add a strawberry flavor and pink color to your icing.