Monday, January 16, 2012

Best Ever Food Storage Soft Sugar Cookies from Shortening Powder

I love cookies.  You might have noticed because I post cookie recipes all the time.  I have been attempting to make an awesome sugar cookie with only food storage ingredients for a long time (okay about 2 years).  I wanted these cookies to be soft and flavorful, to be just as good as cookies made from fresh ingredients.  I’m finally satisfied.  These cookies are soft, and delicious.  But the best part is they are just as easy to make as the originals. 

Tips for Success:
  • When baking with shortening powder remember that cookies won’t brown as quickly as when using fresh shortening or butter.  So take them out of the oven before they are brown.  You want them to be set but not browned.
  • These cookies puff a little more than sugar cookies normally do.  Even so I still like to roll them thick.   Sometimes when these cookies are removed from the oven too early they fall a little bit.  No worries, you are going to frost them right?  The moral of the story is to watch them carefully so you remove them from the oven when they are cooked but not overdone. 

Best Ever Food Storage Soft Sugar Cookies 
2 c. sugar
3 cups shortening powder plus  ¾ cup water-whisk together with a fork
3 eggs  (3 tablespoons powdered eggs plus 6 tablespoons water)
1 c. milk (3 tablespoons powdered milk plus 1 cup water)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. almond extract
About 7 or 8 c, flour

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together sugar, and shortening.
2. Add egg, milk, and almond extract. Mix to combine.
3. Add salt, soda, and baking powder. Mix to combine
4. Add flour to make a soft dough.
5. Roll out a little on the thick side.  Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 min.

Food Storage Butter Cream Frosting
 ¾ cup butter powder 
1/2 cup shortening powder
¼ cup water
3 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. corn syrup
2 tsp. milk
Mix butter powder, shortening powder and water with hand mixer until creamy.  Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat until smooth. Add corn syrup and milk. Beat until smooth.