Grandma's Sugar Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

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Serves: 1 dozen cookies
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1/2 c shortening
1/2 c white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/8 c flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c butter
3/4 c powdered sugar
1 tsp water

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Melodee Fiske Recipe
Well Seasoned
Mesa, AZ (pop. 439,041)
Member Since Jan 2012
Melodee's notes for this recipe:
My grandma used to make these for us growing up. I got a hold of this recipe when she passed away so her legacy can live on...and now hopefully it will become apart of yours!

My sister and I made over a hundred of these for a Halloween Trunk or Treat party. We had so many stopping by our "Holy Rollin' Bakery" that night! We even took home 2nd prize!
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Cream together shortening, sugar, egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
Mix the dry with the wet ingredients.
Use a cookie scoop or a 2 Tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop and drop cookies onto a cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
Put a 1/4 cup of butter into a sauce pan over medium-medium high heat. The butter will melt and then come to a boil.
Allow the butter to cook until the bubbles have died down and you are left with a brown butter.
Add in powder sugar a little at a time. After the sugar has been mixed in, add about a teaspoon of water so the frosting becomes a spreading consistency. If the frosting is watery or it appears the sugar hasn't absorbed all of the butter, add more powedered sugar.
When the cookies have cooled, gently frost the cookies with the brown butter frosting.

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user shirley terhaar shirlann54 - Feb 29, 2012
I,m going to try these.They look so good .And i love suger cookies.
user Melodee Fiske MelFiske - Feb 29, 2012
My husband just made some today for his team at work. He gets so stressed in the kitchen. Be sure and undercook them slightly for a really soft cookie.
user shirley terhaar shirlann54 - Feb 29, 2012
tHANK YOU .I like cookies soft
user Okemah Barton emmanluv - Dec 7, 2012
i've not had soft sugar cookies from home... only the store. these look marvelous, and i'll try them for us first, and then for the church's Christmas party! :D thanks!

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