Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sue Shelby's Vienna Sugar Cookies

Category: Cookies and Bars
Difficulty Rating: Easy

The Shelby family, who lived next door to my family when we were growing up in the 60's and
70's, was a lot of fun. We used to go over to their house for wonderful dinners cooked by our moms and later by all of the girls in the Shelby family too. We played basketball, Go Fish, Murder, Hide and Go Seek, Charades, Horse, and a thousand other games. I "married" Jim Shelby when I was 4 and he was 5. We have it on film. I wore my mothers finest curler-bonnet and James wore my dad's suit jacket and tie. Happy Days, indeed!

Here is the recipe for a lemon sugar cookie very much like the ones made by Pacific Cookie Company except without lemon drops. I suppose you could crush some lemon drops and add them--but I haven't tried that yet. Sue Shelby, the eldest daughter in the family gave us some once and we immediately inhaled them. And asked her for the recipe...


1 1/2 C flour
2 t baking powder
1 stick butter
1 c sugar
3 egg yolks
1 t. vanilla
1 t. lemon extract


Sift flour and baking powder in a bowl. Make a well in the center: put butter, sugar, egg yolks and flavorings in it. Using hand mixer, mix ingredients until smooth. Then work in flour. Chill 2 hours, roll out on floured surface about 1/4 inch thick, cut with floured cookie cutter and transfer to sheet with a spatula. Bake at 375 degrees 8 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes on racke rack before removing from pan. Makes 36 3-inch cookies. Don't eat too many at once or you will get lowwwgie!

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