Paul Bunyan Sugar Cookies In Time For Valentine’s Day

 

It’s the name that won me over. 

Who in their right mind could pass up making a cookie named Paul Bunyan Sugar Cookies?  As you can see I couldn’t.  These huge sweet cookies are a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day – imagine how creative you could be in decorating them too.   I chose simplicity with this batch, but I wouldn’t be opposed to decorating some with some pretty pink icing and some colorful sprinkles ether.

I found this recipe while snooping through the cookbook, Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies.   The name alone was enough to inspire me to give the recipe a try and I’m glad I did.

These cookies are soft on the inside, but are durable enough for decorating, packaging, and/or easy transporting.  You will also need very inexpensive tool if you decide to make these giants – a large mouth tin can.  I used a large soup can about the same diameter as a one pound coffee can.

Paul Bunyan Sugar Cookiesadapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies Cookbook

1 c. butter  or margarine

1 1/2 c. granulated sugar, plus additional sugar for topping

2 eggs

1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

3 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

In a large bowl, cream shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt, mixing well.    Chill dough for about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.

On lightly floured surface roll out dough to about 1/4” thick.  Cut out cookies with can and place on prepared cookie sheets about 1 “ apart.  Bake for about 9-10 minutes, or until lightly golden.  Be careful not to over bake.   Remove from the oven and sprinkle sugar on top. Cool before moving.  Makes about 14 cookies. 

I did sprinkle some mini chocolate chips on some of the cookies as soon as they came out of the oven – yum!  You can also put raisins in the batter – completely optional.

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Don’t feel guilty, we’ve all done it.

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Sugar cookies can be time-consuming to make from scratch; sometimes we just need a cookie that is quick and simple to make without any hassle.  That’s when you buy a mix.

Now,  just force those guilty thoughts that you’re cheating if you use a mix out of your head.  We’ve all resorted to using a mix from time to time.

I happened upon this Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix in the Dollar Tree and I immediately saw a lot of potential in this little bag.  How can you go wrong when you buy a dozen and a half cookies for a buck?

And just because you’re using a mix doesn’t mean you can’t spruce your cookies up a bit with some food coloring, homemade buttercream icing, and some bright-colored Sixlets.

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I used milk in the cookie mix instead of the water the directions called for.  I also added green food coloring to the batter to give the cookies the St. Patty’s Day theme I was shooting for.  I  dropped the  batter onto the cookie sheet instead of rolling the cookies out which saved even more time, and look how decorations can trick you into forgetting your cookies started out as a mix. 

These cookies were delicious and no one even questioned that they weren’t made from scratch.

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Sixlets are a nostalgic candy.  What candy most says nostalgia to you?