Wednesday, July 8, 2009

BUTTER DROP COOKIES

COOKIES:

1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

FROSTING:

1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
1 lb (4 cups) powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets and set aside.

To make cookies:

In a medium mixing bowl at medium speed of electric mixer, cream together shortening, sugar, and milk until well blended. Beat in the vanilla extract and egg.
Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder into the creamed mixture. Drop by tablespoon onto the baking sheets arranging about 2-inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Let cool about 1 minute on cookie sheet then remove to wire racks to cool completely before frosting or decorating.

To make frosting:

Combine shortening, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a small mixing bowl. Beat at low speed of an electric mixer for about 15 seconds. Scrape down bowl and beat at high speed for 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy.

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