Italian Sugar Cookies
These little cookies are soft and chewy and delicious. They’re traditionally topped with a powdered sugar glaze and lots of fun sprinkles. You can keep it simple or get as fancy as you want. As always, we’ve included our gluten and dairy free substitutions.
3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cup all purpose flour or gluten free 1-1 flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
Optional – powdered sugar glaze, sprinkles, etc.
In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla.
Add flour mixture to butter mixture in three additions and beat until well combined.
Shape dough into 1 1/2″ balls. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with silpats or parchment paper or foil.
Bake at 400 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool and enjoy!
*powdered sugar glaze – mix 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of milk or plant milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and a drop or two of food coloring. You can change the flavors a bit by adding an optional 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract or 1/4 teaspoon of anise extract.