Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

This is an old fashion recipe for rolled sugar cookies. The cookies come out soft but sturdy and are great for decorating. This recipe does call for lard, you can source that at most grocery stores, just look for pasturized lard (not shortening!).

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup lard
1/4 cup butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten, just break the yokes
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Making the Dough

Cream your butter, lard and sugar together in a mixer.
Once the butter, lard and sugar are fully combined add in your eggs and vanilla.
Once the egg have been incorporated begin adding the flour in 1/2 cup increments.
Add in the salt and baking powder.
Transfer the dough to plastic wrap and cover/wrap entirely and chill for a minimum of 6-8 hours, preferably overnight.

The Cookies

Preheat the oven for 375 degrees.
Once your dough is completely chilled, its going to be fairly stiff, roll it out on a floured surface to about 1/4 to 1/6". For rolling its helpful to put some flour on top of the dough as well and on your rolling pin.
Cut cookies into desired shapes and place them on an ungreased pan. I recommend using parchment paper or a silpat if you have it. You can repeat this process until all dough is gone, recombining the bits left over to re-roll the dough.
Bake at 375 for 5-7 minutes, the time will depend on your oven, I recommend monitoring the first batch.