Published on December 14, 2020

Season's Greetings from Alive
“During the holidays, my mother would bake dozens of cookies to give as gifts to friends and neighbors. When she died, I inherited the recipes and this tradition. This recipe was my favorite, and is now one of my daughter’s as well. We hope you enjoy it!” - Kimberly Goessele, Alive President and CEO


Ethel’s Sugar Cookies

from “Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book”

Mix thoroughly:

• 3/4 cup soft shortening (part butter)

• 1 cup sugar

• 2 eggs

• 1/2 tsp. flavoring (vanilla or lemon, or a combination of the two)

Sift together and stir in:

• 2 1/2 cups sifted flour

• 1 tsp. baking powder

• 1 tsp. salt

Chill at least 1 hour. Roll out 1/8” thick. Cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired. Bake until delicately golden.

Temperature: 400 degrees

Time: Bake 6 to 8 min.

Amount: About 4 doz. 3” cookies


(Pictured: Kimberly Goessele’s treasured family cookbook, passed down three generations so far…)

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