Prep 20 mins
Cook 8 mins
This recipe came with a shamrock cookie cutter. These are made without baking powder or soda. A crispy cookie, but very tasty. Try them.
- 1 cup margarine
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 4 cups flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1⁄3 cup softened margarine or 1⁄3 cup butter
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla
- food coloring
- Cookie dough: Combine flour and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix margarine, 1 cup sugar and vanilla. Add remaining sugar and eggs, and beat. Continue to beat on low speed while slowly pouring in flour mixture. Chill thoroughly. Roll dough to 1/8 -1/4 inch thickness, cutting into desired shapes. Place on cookie sheets and bake 8 - 10 minutes in oven preheated to 400 deg F. These brown on the edges, so watch not to burn, it may take less the 8 minutes. Let cookies cool before decorating.
- Icing: Blend margarine and sugar. Add milk and vanilla mixing until smooth. Add food coloring as desired. After decorating allow icing to set before stacking cookies. This recipe may yield 6 dozen cookies, this depends on the size of your cutters. Preparation time does not include the chilling time.
This is approximately what my dad had in mind for a New Year's party: crisp without being crumbly or tough on the teeth. The dough was easy to roll. A big sheet of these shows you where the hot spots are in your oven, and it took mine barely eight minutes to cook. I used the frosting on some other cookies that needed it, because he wanted these without frosting. It's halfway between water frosting and buttercream, and I'm ambivalent about whether I like that, but it's tasty nonetheless.
I had already made another sugar cookie recipe but still needed an icing and used yours. Wow! What an easy and fabulous icing. I highly recommend it for icing cookies, it is the best! Thanks! I hope to make your cookie soon!