1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla or ½ tsp lemon extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Mix thoroughly shortening, sugar, eggs, and flavoring. Blend in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover; chill at least 1 hour.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured board. Cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until very light brown.
Vanilla Butter Frosting
1/3 cup soft butter or margarine
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
About 2 tablespoons milk
Blend butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and milk. Beat until frosting is smooth and of spreading consistency.
It is a Magnusson family tradition to make sugar cookies during the holidays. ie: heart shaped cookie cutter for Valentine's day.