I’m the first to admit that I’m an impatient, and often sloppy, baker. I love baking, but I hate all the finicky stuff. Ugly baking tastes just as good as the stuff you see on Pinterest (pst, you can follow us on Pinterest here). Anyway my point is — don’t let all those “#goals” sugar cookies and cakes deter you from making your own ugly, but delicious, creations.
Shannon and I have been talking a lot about the “#goals” culture that has sprung up all over social media in the last few years. Every niche has some version of what society has deemed “goal worthy”. I know this isn’t new — the media and celebrities were on this planet long before I was. The problem with 2017, is that it’s not just celebrities or princesses that are goal worthy, it’s also seemingly normal bloggers and Instagram stars that only show a fraction of their so called perfect lives. Making the rest of us feel like, well, sh*t (sorry Grandma).
The pressure to be the perfect baker, or the perfect vegan, or the perfect Mormon mommy blogger is all around us. But guess what. I made these cookies. They aren’t perfect looking, but they taste so damn good and I enjoyed making them. And I urge you to make them as well.
I share these GALentines sugar cookies with the all the other women online that are trying to just be themselves while supporting, sharing and collaborating with others. My current internet idols include the women’s co-working space in New York “The Wing“, Lena Dunham, Tavi Gevinson, Aidy Bryant, and Ilana Wiles from Mommy Shorts. These woman all seem to be fighting for realness in life, and realness online.
At the risk of sounding completely cliche: love yourself this Galentine’s. Don’t think about those grey hairs peeping through you bangs (this is directed specifically to me), or that you missed your gym session. Just celebrate you, your loved ones, and your BFFS. And EAT THESE COOKIES!
On to the cookies. Over Christmas, Ian and I were visiting with his family and his Grandma and Aunt came out with these amazing, delicate cookies. I had about 5ish of them — slowly sneaking them into my mouth hoping no one was noticing that I’d had more than my share. So clearly, I had to share them with you too! The original recipe layers two cookies on top of each other, but as I said, I’m an impatient and sloppy baker!
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup margarine
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 3 cups sifted pastry flour
- 2 cups of icing sugar
- Milk - add small amounts at a time
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Blend shortening, margarine and sugar.
- Beat eggs slightly, and add to butter/sugar mixture.
- In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
- Add dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture.
- Chill for at least an hour, but works best if you chill overnight.
- Divide dough into 4 sections.
- On a well floured surface, roll out one piece of dough at a time to a 1/4 inch thickness.
- Cut into rounds with a cookie cutter and place on greased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes -- until edges are just browned.
- Cool cookies completely.
- Once cooled decorate with below icing!
- Mix in enough milk with the icing sugar that it's thin enough to level itself out as it dries on the cookies. About the consistency of yogurt.
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