my grandma loved christmas. i remember how magical she always made it. growing up i always knew her cookies never tasted like any of the other cutout cookies around. they have a magic ingredient you see.... i have put the recipe below and also my recipe for icing. i hope you enjoy them as much as i do.
CUT OUT COOKIES
1 cup shortening
3 cups sifted flour
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
mix flour and shortening. add sugar, salt, soda, nutmeg, eggs, milk.
bake at 390 degrees for 5-7 minutes
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
3 3/4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Place butter in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until fluffy, 30 seconds. Stop the machine and add the confectioners sugar, 3 table spoons milk, and vanilla. Blend with the mixer on low speed until the sugar is incorporated. 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, 1 minute more. Blend in up to 1 tablespoon of milk if the frosting seems too stiff.