Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon anise extract or almond extract
2/3 cup butter
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
Powdered Sugar Icing -- optional
Small multicolor decorative candies or
colored sugar -- optional
POWDERED SUGAR ICING
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Milk or orange juice
Few drops food coloring -- optional
STIR together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl; set
STIR together eggs, milk, vanilla, and anise or almond extract in a small bowl;
BEAT butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium
speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, and beat till fluffy. Alternately
add flour mixture and egg mixture to sugar mixture, beating till combined (the
dough may be a bit sticky). Wrap dough in waxed paper or clear plastic wrap.
Chill dough for 2 to 24 hours or till firm enough to handle.
ROLL dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Using
cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes, rerolling trimmings as necessary.
Arrange cutouts about 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 5 to 7 minutes or till the
firm and light brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a
wire rack to cool completely. Decorate with Powdered Sugar Icing and decorative
candies or colored sugar, if desired. Makes 72 cookies.
POWDERED SUGAR ICING: STIR together powdered sugar, vanilla,
and 1 Tablespoon milk or juice in a mixing bowl. Stir in additional milk or
juice, 1 teaspoon at a time, till of spreading consistency. Stir in food
coloring, if desired. Makes 1/2 cup. Per Tsp: 17 Cal, 0g Fat, 0mg Choles, 0mg
Sod, 4g Carbo, 0g Fiber, 0g Pro.
Nutritional facts per cookie: 49 Cal, 2g Total Fat(1g Sat Fat), 11mg
Choles, 51mg Sod, 7g Carbo, 0g Fiber, 0g Pro. Food Exchanges: 1/2 Fat.
POINTS: 1 - with or without the icing.