These cookies are nothing special, they are not particularly delicious or even flavorful. BUT I happen to have a special affection for them. It stems from childhood.
Story time: I was in first grade. It was around this time of year, mid October. My teacher, Mrs. Wallace, decided to pass out these (to my first-grade mind) amazing cookies. I chose a pumpkin because bats were gross. I set the cookie on top of my brown-paper-bag-turned-placemat and hurried through my lunch. After finishing my sandwich, I got up and tossed the brown bag I had brought from home into the trash- along with my cookie. I was devastated. To add insult to injury, Mrs. Wallace would not give me a replacement sugar cookie.
The cookies I made yesterday evening are not the same thing at all. But they are delicious and buttery and covered in a vanilla glaze.
My boyfriendroommate enabled my borderline seasonal/Halloween obsession by buying me these cookie cutters. I love them because of the resemblance between the skeleton and Killface from Frisky Dingo.
If you don't know who Killface is or what Frisky Dingo means, do yourself a favor and watch the series. And for all of my friends who are on the road to being teachers out there: if a student accidentally throws his/her cookie away and comes up to you crying, do the right thing and give them another cookie.
Cut-out Sugar Cookies
1/2 stick (1/4 c)of room-temp butter
1/4 c shortening
1/2 c sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 3/4 c AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1. Cream butter, shortening and sugar
2. Add vanilla and egg
3. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl and incorporate into wet ingredients in three additions
4. Cover mixing bowl and refrigerate dough for a minimum of 2 hours (I chilled it overnight)
5. Using powdered sugar (to prevent sticking), roll out dough on a flat surface until it is about 1/4" thick
6. Cut out your cookies
7. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes (cookies will still appear blond)
8. Cool and ice, glaze or decorate