Monday, January 18, 2010

Paul Bunyan Sugar Cookies

These giant cookies are from Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies, 1966

(and wow, are they ever good!)

You Will Need:

1 1/2 cups butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons whole milk
1/2 cup raisins
4 cups AP flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stir in milk and raisins. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture and incorporate well. Wrap in clingfilm and chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

I used an empty 2 lb. coffee tin as a cutter, but any bowl would work fine.

Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into 5 inch diameter rounds. Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart (about 7 on each sheet) Sprinkle with sugar (or coloured sanding sugar if you're feeling festive, which I was. I'm the most festive person I know. Sometimes I wear a party hat around the house...just because).

The cookbook suggested 10 minutes baking time-mine took 15-so check them frequently. The cookies should be slightly browned. As they are very fragile, leave them on the baking sheets a minute or so before removing them to cooling racks. Of course, you get to eat any broken cookies right away so...well, you know.

Makes about 14 cookies.

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