Scrumptious Amish Sugar Cookies
|Amish Sugar Cookies with Tea|
You can make these delicious cookies in ten easy steps. You're going to need the following ingredients:
1 c. granulated sugar (white sugar)
1 c. powdered sugar (icing sugar is okay)
1 cup margarine
1 cup cooking oil (I use canola)
4 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract
|Get out your Ingredients|
|Set up your Stand Mixer|
Mine is a Cuisinart 7qt mixer. It just went on sale half-price on Amazon.com It has 3 attachments - paddle, whisk and hook. And a splashguard with pouring spout. The spout is great for adding liquids while mixing!
But a word of advice - don't try to put flour from your measuring cup into the pouring spout while the mixer is going....
Step 1: Take your bowl and put in both sugars - the one cup of white sugar and the one cup of powdered or icing sugar. Next you have to measure out one cup of margarine. Do you know how to do this accurately?
Step 2: The Trick for Measuring Margarine
|The Margarine Trick|
Next start scooping in the margarine until the liquid reaches the 2-cup line on the measuring cup.
Simple isn't it? The harder margarine displaces the liquid and when the liquid rises to the 2 cup mark, you know have one cup of each oil.
|Creaming the oils and sugars together|
Now you take 2 beaten eggs and add those while the mixer is still running. Let them mix in well, then add the vanilla extract. Mix gently on speed 2 or 3 until everything is blended.
|Level off the flour in a dry measure cup|
First, use a dry measure, not a measuring cup with a spout. Your mother probably told you this and you ignored her.
Well, you shouldn't have, because to measure flour properly you must use a measure that you can overfill and then level off to the top. Trust me on this.
Use a knife and lay it across the dry measure, then sweep it across starting at the edge closest to you and moving the flat blade away from your body. This levels the flour to the top of the measure.
|Adding dry ingredients to flour|
You need to make sure your tarter and soda are distributed evenly through the flour before adding it all to the wet mixture.
Step 6: This is the part I like best. You get to dump the dry ingredients into the wet, turn you mixer on and start blending. I start at 1 and gradually increase to 4 or 5. Mix well.
|Mixed and ready to drop on baking sheets|
Step 9: Put cookies in 350' oven for 10-12 minutes. Watch them carefully as they can overcook very easily. Also, don't put too many trays in the oven at once. Don't put trays on the top rack. In my oven I've learned that I must go down 2 rack positions to position 3 or the cookies are overcooked
|Overdone cookies from top rack!|
Step 10: When cookies are done, remove trays from oven and let sit for about one minute. Then carefully lift cookies with a spatula to cooling rack.
|Perfect! This is what the cookies should look like|