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Cookie Cutter Cookies        from the kitchen of: Aileen Drosendahl


to make sour milk, put 1 tablespoon of either lemon juice or vinegar in a cup measure, fill with milk and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Stir together 4 and 1/2 cups flour
                    2 teaspoons baking powder
                    1 teaspoon baking soda
                    1/2 tea. ground nutmeg (optional)
                    1/2 tea. salt
Cream together 1 and 1/4 shortening or butter with
                        2 cups sugar
Then beat in       2 eggs
                        1 tea. vanilla
                        1/2 tea. lemon extract
beat well and then add the flour mixture alternately with the milk.
When mixed, cover and chill for at least 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Roll out dough between two sheets of wax paper until thin.  Cut with cookie cutters and put on ungreased cookie sheet.  For thin cookies ( 3/8 inch thick) bake for about 9 minutes.  For thick cookies ( 1/2 inch thick) bake for about 12 minutes.
You can sprinkle them with sugar before baking or paint with egg yolk paint before baking.
egg yolk paint.....mix together 1 egg yolk with 1/4 teaspoon water.  Add food coloring and paint designs on cookies before baking.





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